North Carolina lawmakers are considering a dangerous dog law similar to the ordinance on the books in Pitt County.
Pitt County's ordinance has been in effect for a little over a year. Pitt County Animal Control officer Michele Whaley says they've investigated 30 cases this year. Nine dogs have been declared dangerous, owners of six others turned them in to animal control, and there was insufficient evidence or complaints dropped in the remainder of the cases.
Whaley says the county ordinance, "Gives animal control a backup to do our jobs and to do our jobs safely for not just us but the citizens."
Dogs bite around four million Americans every year. National statistics show at least 30 breeds have attacked humans. The Centers for Disease Control lists the following as the most dangerous: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Akitas.
Among other things, owners of dangerous dogs in Pitt County are required to purchase liability insurance. To read the entire ordinance and to preview what state lawmakers are considering, click on the related links below.