West Allis - The city's dangerous dog ordinance, which was approved after long discussions in 2009, has been fine-tuned to make a bit easier on dog owners and the city.
Under the revision, dog owners have longer to appeal if their dogs are deemed to be dangerous. The original ordinance gave them 72 hours. The new one gives them 30 days.
It was just too short a time and was unfair to dog owners, city attorney Scott Post said of the 72-hour deadline.
The other change the West Allis Common Council approved recently gives the city health commissioner authority to order dog owners to take extra safety measures in certain cases without a hearing. Previously, the city could not order those extra measures until after a hearing, Post said.
The health commissioner could only take such authority with minor offenses, Post said, explaining that hearings will continue to be held for dogs involved in more serious offenses.
While more flexible than before, the rules still ensure the public safety, he added.
Under the dangerous dogs ordinance, owners of dogs that have been deemed to be dangerous have to keep them confined unless leashed and muzzled, register the animal for $75 with the Police Department, display a sign at the residence, spay or neuter the dog, and place a microchip on the dog for easier identification.
Violations could result in fines ranging from $50 to $1,000. In extreme cases, such as a dog that has killed a domesticated animal unprovoked, it would not be allowed in the city at all.
- Jane Ford-Stewart
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- West Allis city no-tax-increase budget wins common council approval
- Full advisory committee endorses West Allis high school boundary plan
- Christmas deadline nears for Holiday Helper donations in West Allis
- Video: A sneak peek of the new Hampton Inn West in West Allis
- Plans for National Avenue upgrade in West Allis ready for public input (1)
- West Allis girl, 10, receives national lifesaving award Monday
- Steering committee recommends West Allis high school boundary plan (4)
- 169 smoke alarms installed in high-risk West Allis neighborhood (2)
- Hay wagon collects ton of love for needy West Allis families Saturday (1)
- No-tax-increase proposed West Allis budget for 2016 going to a vote