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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • SE City Council moves to adopt new dangerous dog policy

  • The Sleepy Eye City Council approved the first reading of a proposed policy and ordinances for dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.
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  • The Sleepy Eye City Council approved the first reading of a proposed policy and ordinances for dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.
     
    This became an issue at last month’s council meeting when it was reported that a man was bitten by a pit bull that broke from its chain and rushed at a resident, 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.
     
    Police Chief John Schueller reported at the November council meeting that the dog that inflicted the injuries had been euthanized.
     
    The proposed ordinance calls for immediate seizure of the dog deemed dangerous by the animal control authority. The seized animal would then be housed at a facility willing to take a dangerous dog and all fees incurred in the maintenance, impounding and boarding of the dog would be the responsibility of the dog owner.
     
    Schueller said the New Ulm Regional Veterinarian Center would house the dog because Sleepy Eye does not have a secure location for a dangerous dog.
     
    Owners of a dangerous dog or potentially dangerous dog would have 14 days to comply with regulations including having a microchip identification implanted in the dog, purchasing a $300,000 liability insurance policy for the dog and paying a $500 annual fee to keep the dog.
     
    Owners have the right to bring an appeal forward during the first 14 days after the notice is sent, but will be responsible for all associate fees in the meantime. Appeals can be made to the city that will provide an impartial hearing officer for the hearing.
     
    According to Assistant City Attorney Alissa Fischer, the owner of a dangerous dog or potentially dangerous dog who inflicts injury can be subject to a criminal misdemeanor violation and the animal could be subject to euthanasia.
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