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Supervisors approve dangerous-dog law

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Brian Hanft

MASON CITY — Cerro Gordo County supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday that provides the county with authority to deal with dangerous dogs.

The ordinance, approved last month by the county Department of Public Health, requires owners of violent dogs to provide proof of current vaccinations; have an identification microchip in the dog; keep the dog indoors or in a fenced yard or enclosure; and to have the dog muzzled and restrained by a leash if taken off the owner's property as a condition of release of the dog to its owner.

The ordinance gives the dog owner 10 days to appeal any violation to the Board of Health. It is not breed specific.

Brian Hanft, the county’s environmental health services manager, said he has received one phone call since the ordinance was first proposed. That was from a person who had a question about it but was not opposed to it, he said.

“It’s a strong ordinance and it does make sense,” said Hanft.

Supervisors Chairman Jay Urdahl said the ordinance is a positive step for several reasons.

“It promotes responsibility of the owner, supervision of the dog and safety of the public,” Urdahl said. “It does exactly what it supposed to do.”

Supervisors suspended the first two readings and passed the ordinance on final reading Tuesday.


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