Atlanta changes ordinance after child was killed by dog
Posted June 7
ATLANTA, GA — CBS46 spoke one-on-one with the family of a 6-year-old killed during a dog attack in Atlanta. They're reacting to recent changes in the city's animal control ordinance that deal with vicious and dangerous dogs.
CBS46 spoke with Logan Braantz' uncle, who hopes the new regulations can prevent another tragedy.
"His friends still walk to the house and ask if his brother can play, but Logan's not there," said Andie Brasley.
Logan was killed in southwest Atlanta in January when three dogs attacked him and his fellow classmates on their way to the bus stop.
"My sister can't even get up sometimes. She can't," said Brasley.
But while Brasley says the emotional wound of losing Logan may never fully heal for his family, he does appreciate the moves Atlanta city leaders are making following the child's death.
"That's something that we can't keep going along with is letting things like this happen when we are able, through ordinances, laws...to prevent them," said Brasley.
Council members unanimously approved several shifts to the animal control ordinance relating to dogs classified as dangerous or vicious. One major change is that the owner of those breeds now have to buy pet liability insurance. We've learned the legislation does not classify a particular breed, but does encompass all domesticated animals.
"We're able to know that these measures are working toward the only thing my whole family agrees on, that Logan didn't die in vain," says Brasley.
The shifts in the ordinance also allow for dogs to be put down in certain cases, and for tougher criminal charges against their owner.
Failure to comply with changes could result in fines as high as $750.
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