City of Peoria considering "reckless dog owner" designation

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City of Peoria considering "reckless dog owner" designation

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The City of Peoria announced Thursday that they are hosting two public forums on proposed changes to Peoria's dog ownership regulations.

A release from the City says that based on recent of dog attacks, a task force has worked on possible revisions to the City’s animal control ordinance.

Under consideration is the creation of a "reckless dog owner" designation. An individual can be labeled a reckless dog owner if he or she violates the animal control ordinance three or more times within a 36-month period.

Another possible change is a mandate that all dogs should be confined to private property by means of a fence, underground fence signage, or tether under owner’s supervision.

In addition, a dog would only be allowed to be tethered outside while it is in visual range of the owner.

The first meeting will be held October 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lakeview Room of the Lakeview Public Library. The second meeting will be held on October 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the community room at Neighborhood House.

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