Thursday, June 26 2014, 11:01 PM CDT
Medford City Council One Step Closer to Dangerous Dog Ordinance
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comMEDFORD, Ore. -- Medford’s city council looked at dangerous dogs again Thursday.
The city council discussed the ongoing topic during a study session in city hall.
“I think this is a very acceptable and reasonable approach to this,” Medford Police chief, Tim George, said.
Changes to Medford’s current dog ordinance is almost complete.
The topic of dangerous dogs for the city of Medford popped up in February with city leaders saying they wanted a decision as soon as possible.
It’s now the end of June and George said the public input helped determine the new law to be deed specific and not breed specific.
”This was a cooperative effort and a lot of effort, but that’s the goal to make it safer. We are in the business to make the citizens safer and Medford a better place to live and work,” Chief George said.
Mayor Gary Wheeler said this is a really good start for the city.
Councilman, Chris Corcoran, said he is proud of how the city and police agencies are handling this situation.
“I am happy how we have defused this and we’ve had as many emails about this as we’ve had about marijuana,” Corcoran said.
City leaders said they are making sure to be careful with the process and look at all angles including dogs versus people and dogs versus dogs.
Chief George said some of the changes will require a leash for dogs and put more responsibility on the owners.
Under the new law, three violations could mean conviction of a crime and even lead to time behind bars. “It’s a whole section of ordinance changes going from one control dog to a series of separating the violation from the crime,” Chief George said.
George said this new law change could happen within 180 days, which is a fairly quick for an ordinance change.
Leaders said questions brought up in the study session means the Police Advisory Committee will revise some parts and then present it to the city in a public hearing.