Spencer, Iowa Vicious dog definition to be discussed Monday

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Postby cheekymunkee » August 3rd, 2008, 12:16 am

Vicious dog definition to be discussed Monday
Saturday, August 2, 2008
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By Randy M. Cauthron
Managing Editor

A full agenda will greet the Spencer City Council when it meets for the first of two regularly scheduled council sessions in the month of August beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday night in council chambers at City Hall.

Among one of the more discussed items publicly, the Vicious Animals Ordinance which will be a focus on the council again on Monday.

The ordinance for the most part gives a detailed definition of a "vicious animal." The ordinance also lists certain breed specific dogs that would meet the definition of a vicious animal as well. They are as follows: A Staffordshire Terrier breed, American Pit-bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit-bull Terrier, or American Staffordshire.

The ordinance also clarifies when an animal may be destroyed.

During the first filing there was lengthy discussion on removing the reference to breed specific dogs.

If the council so desires, modifications to the ordinance can still be made.

Monday's meeting would constitute the second filing of the ordinance.

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