La Vista, NE: Council meets tonight to discuss dangerous dog ordinance

La Vista, Nebraska has been on our list of BSL hot spots as an area with the potential for a breed specific ordinance to be proposed. The city council meets tonight to discuss the possible changes to their ordinance which are reported to be similar to the city of Omaha. Omaha’s ordinance is breed specific, targeting “pit bulls.” We will, of course, have a better idea of what the ordinance entails after the meeting. Those in the area are ecouraged to attend the city council meeting tonight.

The La Vista City Council meets tonight (Tuesday, December 20, 2011) at 7pm at city hall, 81st & Park View Boulevard

La Vista to Consider Dangerous Dog Ordinance

La Vista may soon join Omaha and Gretna by adopting a dangerous dog ordinance. The city council will consider the plan at its Tuesday night meeting.

Reporter: Brian Mastre

La Vista may soon join Omaha and Gretna by adopting a dangerous dog ordinance. The city council will consider the plan at its Tuesday night meeting.

When a neighbor dog got loose from the backyard and mauled one of Dan Rawson’s two puppies in August, he started to push for stricter rules for dogs. “It wasn’t just the attack on the dogs that got me concerned. There was a lot kids around when this was going on.”

“We’ve had a couple of situations in the past two years where animals have been hurt and people have been hurt,” said La Vista police chief Bob Lausten, “And by looking at what other communities have done, we can put preventative measures in place.”

The possible changes would be similar to Omaha’s ordinance which was adopted in 2008.

“The dangerous dog ordinance basically lets us identify those dogs that could pose a danger in the future,” said Mark Langan with the Nebraska Humane Society, “put restrictions on the dogs, make the owner responsible for that, and if the owner decides not to do that — they fall into the reckless owner category which means they forfeit their animals and they can’t own animals for four years.”

The La Vista City Council meets at 7pm on Tuesday at city hall, 81st & Park View Boulevard.

http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/La_Vista_to_Consider_Dangerous_Dog_Ordinance_135905083.html

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