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Dogs that attack and kill without provocation would be subject to immediate seizure by the city under a proposal headed to the City Council next month.
That’s a dramatic change from the current law, which leaves it up to animal control officers’ discretion over whether to take custody of dogs that have attacked other dogs or people. It’s generally rare for the city to seize such dogs.
The proposed ordinance calls for the city to take the dogs into custody after an attack that killed or seriously maimed a pet or person – either with the owner’s permission or by seeking court approval. The owner could contest the seizure in an administrative hearing.
The legislation is part of a debate at City Hall over how to better protect the public from dangerous dogs, following at least two fatal attacks last year on small dogs that were on leashes being walked by their owners.