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|Galesburg Vicious Dog Ordinance Fast-Tracked to Approval
|Most Galesburg aldermen said they didn't want to have to wait another couple of weeks in order to change a city ordinance regarding some potentially dangerous dogs and how dogs can be kept in homes.
Aldermen Monday night voted seven to one, with Third Ward Alderman Russell Fleming, to take the ordinance off first reading, and approve ordinance changes to the animal control ordinance the came about after a resident recently told the council that she fears for her safety every time a neighbor lets four dogs outside of an otherwise unoccupied house, and following the alleged shooting of a dog by a Galesburg Police Officer responding to a complaint at a residence.
City Manager Dane Bragg says the changes do two things that he hopes put residents at ease.
"The amendments that are elaborated in this ordinance permit the Animal Control Officer to immediately impound any dog that is under investigation as a potentially dangerous animal, if the officers deems the animal could pose a threat to the community or public safety," Bragg said. "In addition, the amendment...would prohibit the keeping of dogs in any unoccupied house in the City of Galesburg."
Bragg says the changes came in part from residents themselves, along with input from Galesburg Police and the city's Animal Control Officer.
Aldermen had virtually no discussion on the dog ordinance changes except to say they didn't want to wait. Fleming did not say why he voted no on either the suspension of rules or the proposed changes, but has said in the past he doesn't like suspending the rules for any reason.
|11 03 09 by Newsroom
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