Plan for Problem Pooches
However, the city council said dogs are a threat in too many instances.
"It's pretty consistent," said councilman Nathan Nickolaus. "We have serious dog bites, about 10-15 cases a year."
So, the city is proposing a law which can declare a dog vicious if it is viewed as threatening to the general public. The current law cannot declare a dog vicious unless it bites someone.
The proposed law would require a vicious dog's owner to provide photos of it to Animal Control so authorities can easily identify it. The proposed law also would let the owner of a vicious dog appeal that designation.
The Jefferson City Council plans to vote on the proposal in the first week of January. If the council passes the law, it will take effect immediately.