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County May Get Tougher on Dangerous Dogs

By Al Pefley email

West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

Is there a dangerous dog in your neighborhood?  A dog that makes you uneasy if it's roaming around?

Palm Beach County is looking to strengthen its ordinance on dangerous dogs for the first time in more than a decade.

Animal Care and Control says the dangerous dog ordinance that's currently in effect is not tough enough.

As it stands now, a dog is not declared dangerous until it has attacked other dogs or cats at least twice.

The county wants to change that, so that a dog would be labeled dangerous after just one attack on a pet.  "It will allow us to classify the dog dangerous the first time it does something, rather than multiple occasions.  Hopefully it will get a lot more bad dogs off the street," said Capt. David Walesky, with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.

The proposed ordinance needs approval by the county commission.

Capt. Walesky says when a dog is classified as dangerous, the owner can either give up the dog, or if they choose to keep it, there are several requirements. They must keep the dog in the house or in a strong enclosure if it's in the yard.  It cannot run loose in the yard.   The dog  must be muzzled when it's on a leash,  they must post warning signs on their property, have the dog micro-chipped and pay a $150 annual registration fee.

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