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Raleigh council delays debate on tougher rules for dangerous dogs

Posted December 1, 2015

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— An effort to strengthen Raleigh's dangerous dog ordinance will have to wait until next year.

The City Council was expected to consider a proposal Tuesday that would make it easier to declare a dog dangerous, especially if it attacks another pet.

City leaders were approached about the issue four years ago after residents in east Raleigh complained about several dog attacks.

Last week, a 1-year-old boy was seriously injured after being mauled by a Rottweiler at a home on Euston Street. The boy, who was visiting the area for the holidays, is recovering at UNC Hospitals after having two surgeries, one of which lasted 14 hours.

The Rottweilers possibly responsible for the attacks remain quarantined.

The proposal would clarify the definition of a dangerous dog and a serious injury, and it would outline what actions animal control officials could take when a dog has been declared dangerous.

The proposal also would establish clear restrictions for keeping a dog that has been declared dangerous and an appeal process. According to the proposal, it would be unlawful for a dangerous dog to go beyond the owner's property without the being leashed or restrained and muzzled.

Several council members had questions about the changes Tuesday, so Mayor Nancy McFarlane asked the city attorney to provide answers.

The council will study the issue and consider an ordinance change in January.

In other business, the council voted unanimously to name Councilwoman Kay Crowder as mayor pro tem.

Crowder is starting her first full term on the City Council. She took over the seat from her husband, Thomas Crowder, following his death last year. Thomas Crowder was mayor pro tem at the time of his death.


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  • Shawn Wood Dec 2, 2015
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    First off I do not appreciate people saying rotties are mean dogs . It is like other dogs it's all how you raise them . Chances are this dog was not properly trained and was not brought in as part of the family . I was around rotties since the day I was born and I survived . People need understand the breed and the history of the rotties .

  • Janet Scott Dec 2, 2015
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    No, Arthur, repeat offenders with dogs running loose should be punished and the dogs given new homes.

  • Tom Laurence Dec 1, 2015
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    You are so right friend. The vast majority of all breeds "learn" from their owners, and act according to how they are raised...... like children. My dogs were trained by me to run and be "dogs" when they are in the fenced in yard, but when they are around others, their "good manners" come out.

  • Hamilton Bean Dec 1, 2015
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    Why is everyone so quick to condemn a particular dog, or breed of dogs. Owners have the responsibility to making sure their dog is contained. Why blame the dog if someone jumps a fence and enters the dogs territory?? Dogs are territorial animals--they will defend their family and territory--that is their nature...How many people know others who own pits, etc.and those animals are just as loving, peaceful and playful as can be. Dogs are like children--you're going to get out of them just what you put into them...

  • Arthur Raleigh Dec 1, 2015
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    Repeat offenders of dogs running lose should have their dog put down.

  • Edward Anderson Dec 1, 2015
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    Oh, yes we do!!! We need more laws! We need *SOMEBODY* to be responsible for our actions!!! Tell Us What To Do!!!! /smh

  • Sam Adams Dec 1, 2015
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    What happened to this little boy is a tragedy, but we don't need government to regulate every aspect of our lives.

  • Ambir Anderson Dec 1, 2015
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    How about parents not watching their children be charged for felony neglect when their child goes into a fenced yard knowing a dog is there.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Dec 1, 2015
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    How about no pitbulls or rottweilers within the City limits? Or a million dollar liability bond for any owner?
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/raleigh-city-council-to-consider-tougher-rules-against-dangerous-dogs/15146805/#YJMA662EU8VPRBA6.99

    Well, there it is! Probably the dumbest comment I'll read all day.

  • Jim Frei Dec 1, 2015
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    How about no pitbulls or rottweilers within the City limits? Or a million dollar liability bond for any owner?