City Council decides to rein in dogs
by C.F. David
During Monday night's meeting, the Boise City Council moved quickly to endorse Police Chief Dale Harper's request for more stringent use of the city's existing leash law.
Harper told the council that he had ticketed some owners recently but that in light of Sunday's attack on himself and Carol Jester along with other recent incidents, he was asking for the council's support for even more ticket writing.
“What ever it takes,” said councilman Ray Damron.
“I think the minimum fine ought to be $100,” said Mayor Craig Sanders.
“It's gonna make some people mad,” Harper pointed out.
“Send them around,” Sanders added.
Since the dog that bit himself and Jester had been penned, but not vaccinated, Harper asked if he would be allowed to ask to see proof of vaccination from owners walking their animals.
Council member Ron Carey asked if the city might not be able to outlaw pit bulls, however, City Manager Rod Avery told the council that according to state laws only charter cities could restrict dogs by breed.
“Can we regulate them by weight?” asked Damron. Avery admitted he was stumped and would have to research the question.
Harper told the council that according to law, dog could be designated potentially dangerous if the animal had attacked either dog or human and left injuries not requiring cosmetic surgery or stitches. However, a dog could be labeled dangerous if surgery or stitches were required. Harper continued that the owner of a dog labeled dangerous had criteria to meet, including specified fencing and liability insurance.
In other business the council:
H Appointed Bob Bocock to the number two position on the Cimarron Industrial park Authority.
H Authorized an agreement with Finley and cook for the 2003-04 audit at a cost of $5,500.
H Authorized repairs to a trash truck for $5,752.84.
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