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Macomb city leaders creating new dog ordinances after recent attacks

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

According to a new report from State Farm, Illinois ranks second in the nation for dog bite claims.

And after several recent dog attacks in Macomb, city leaders are now working on new ordinances.

The McDonough County Animal shelter picks up about 10 stray dogs every month in Macomb.

But it's not the strays that have been causing issues-- it's been pets.

And now the city is working on a more detailed vicious dog ordinance to put a stop to the problem.

 

"Look at his cute little blonde face, he didn't deserve what happened to him," said Cris Loring.

Cris Loring vividly remembers the day her 4-year -old Yorkshire Terrier, 'Hardy' was killed by a neighbor's pit bull.

Loring was taking 'Hardy', and 'Teddy', the only dog she has left now, for a walk down the street, when the pit bull attacked.

"He grabbed a hold of him. All I could see was his little head and his back legs. And he shook him viciously and I was screaming," said Loring.

Loring says the pit bull broke through its fenced in yard, with his sights on Hardy.

"It was too late I'm sure he crushed him in an instant," said Loring.

It's attacks like this that Macomb Mayor Mike Inman says aren't isolated, as the city had 5 attacks in the past 6 months where a dog has either attacked a person or attacked another dog.

And now the city is drafting a more detailed Vicious Dog ordinance, that could include:

  • Increased fines for owners of dogs who repeatedly violate city ordinances.
  • Muzzling and maybe euthanizing a dog that's been deemed dangerous.
  • And a creation of a vicious dog registry.

"We need to intervene and remind people of their responsibilities and that is what this ordinance is designed to do, to bring attention to the fact that we don't want to become one of those communities that have a fatal incident before we act," said Inman.

And it's new legislation Loring says she's hopeful will prevent another attack, even though it won't bring back her Hardy.

"It's terrible to come home and not have the two of them meeting me at the door," said Loring.

Mayor Inman says the city will welcome comments from the public at a city of the whole meeting on May 28th at 5 p.m.

He hopes to have a new viscous dog ordinance in place by the end of June

 

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