Dangerous Dog Ordinance

Dog owners in lincoln listen up.  The city council is looking at new rules to get lincoln in line with ordinances across the state.  We have about 58000 licensed dogs and cats in the capital city but things are gonna change for them and their owners under the proposed city ordinance. The city's new animal ordinance would reign in owners, holding them more accountable. The health director would have the right to deem an owner “irresponsible” for the first time putting a label on the person, not just the animal. “I think it's a good idea if you raise your dog right then you wont have issues it really does fall back on the owners responsibility,” says Daniel Mangan.  An owner with 7 convictions involving dog violations would be dubbed irresponsible and wouldn't be able to have a pet for two years.  Also new– “potentially dangerous” dogs would need to be tagged with a microchip.  Before only “dangerous dogs” had to be tracked.  The point of the new rule is to focus more on the owner and less on the kind of dog, so in the new rules even a little guy like bogie would need to be on a leash or behind a fence in his yard, and invisible fences won't count. Parts of the ordinance aren't sitting well with some council members, including council member Doug Emery, “if the owner has a dog in the yard it should be under voice or some control but i think it's unfortunate that the dog gets penalized who is a good dog by having to be on a leash in his own yard.”  The council will discuss that issue before voting next week.

 

again the council is set to vote on the ordinance next week…