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Officials move to collar dog problem

By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland officials are working toward putting more teeth into a set of rules regulating dangerous dogs in city limits.

Commissioners, after hearing two weeks ago that two pitbulls were roaming city streets attacking people, voted unanimously Monday to appoint themselves to a hearing board to help establish a more formal way of dealing with the problem.

Chiefland businessman Chris Jones, who spoke about the problem to the commission at its last meeting, was at Monday night's meeting with a petition signed by more than a dozen residents.

"No serious repercussions have been imposed on owners in certain cases," Jones wrote,"and as a result multiple incidents have followed involving the same dangerous animals. As citizens we have become aware that city has no policy or direct guidelines intact to fine or impose penalty against owners of these animals. I feel that is of critical nature that city officials form a committee ..."

City staff says a revision to the animal code was brought up in 2010, but no action was taken.

New guidelines could specify that if a dog has been deemed dangerous, the owner of the animal would have to abide by certain restrictions on the animal, or face fines or the possibility of the animal being euthanized.