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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • SE City Council wants dangerous animal ordinance toughened up for public safety

  • A recent serious dog bite in Sleepy Eye spurred the council to discuss how to deal with dangerous animals.
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  • A recent serious dog bite in Sleepy Eye spurred the council to discuss how to deal with dangerous animals.
    According to Police Chief John Schueller, on Sept. 23 a pit bull broke from its chain and rushed at a resident, biting him on a public sidewalk and causing severe injuries to his calf and hand when the animal refused to let go. The injured person missed several weeks of work due to the injuries.
    According to Assistant City Attorney Alissa Fischer, the dangerous animal language in the city's current ordinance could be constitutionally challenged for being too broad.
    Fischer explained that under the state statute once an animal is determined to be dangerous and the notice is sent to the owner, they have 14 days to register the animal with the city, pay hefty annual fees, prove that proper enclosures have been secured for the animal, post signs warning the public of the dangerous animal and take out a $300,000 insurance policy on the dog. If the animal owner refuses to comply than misdemeanor charges can be brought against them.
    City Manager Mark Kober asked Fischer to work on a new dangerous animal ordinance and bring it to the council in November.

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