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Flint gets tougher on owners of dogs that attack

July 8, 2014
Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint's state-appointed emergency manager has approved a new ordinance that makes jail time a possibility for owners of dogs that attack.

The Flint Journal reports ( ) Darnell Earley signed an ordinance revision last month making the owners of dogs that attack people or other canines subject to penalties of up to 90 days in jail, a fine of at least $250 or a minimum of 240 hours of community service.

City Attorney Peter Bade says the ordinance is unchanged from a version approved by the Flint City Council. It takes effect Aug. 1, making a violation a misdemeanor. The ordinance amendment calls vicious dogs a "serious and widespread threat" in Flint.

An earlier proposal for the ordinance drew opposition because it singled out pit bulls, but that was changed.


Information from: The Flint Journal,



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