Albany to consider strict dog law
ALBANY - A councilman is proposing a law to ban vicious dogs - ones that have seriously injured a person- within city limits.
The ordinance would require owners to keep vicious animals behind a locked fence or muzzled while on a leash no longer than three feet in length. The owner of a vicious dogs should display warning signs to notify people of danger in the area, and to call animal control if the dog is on the loose.
"You should have to keep it controlled," said Lenwood Stilley. "You should keep it where it doesn't interfere with other people, or endanger them in any way."
The proposed law also says vicious dogs should be kept in enclosures with a chain link fence, welded and secure at the bottom to prevent animals from digging out. The enclosure must also be approved by the town building inspector.
Chris Novak, a dog owner in Albany, agrees with the proposed law.
"There shouldn't be vicious dogs, especially running around loose," said Novak.
Police officers and animal control officers are given permission to kill any dangerous or vicious dog if needed, and are not liable for damages.
The ordinance was derived from surrounding towns that have laws against vicious dogs, including Denham Springs, Walker and Hammond.
Also, the proposed law bans exotic animals, and lists lions, tigers, elephants, bison and poisonous snakes among the specific species that are not allowed.
The Albany City Council will hold a public meeting about vicious dogs March 10.
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