New ordinances aimed at dog owners goes to County Board

By Beau Ebenezer

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria County dog owners may have to take more responsibility for their pets if the board votes in favor of new ordinance changes.

Tuesday afternoon, Peoria County's Management Services and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously in favor of new dangerous and vicious dog ordinances aimed at owners.

The changes include increased fines of up to $800 for owners whose dogs have shown aggressive behavior or have aggressively attacked people or other animals.

County Administrators said they want to put a strong focus on reckless dog owners, which under the new ordinance, are owners who have committed three or more violations within three years.

"We are trying to deal with a reckless owner," said Public Safety Chairman, Andrew Rand. "Now we are saying no matter how small the violation, whether it is running at large, not on a leash, or snarling at somebody, that puts them at three. If we hit the magic number, we are going to say that you can't have a pet anymore and mean it."

The Peoria County Board will vote on July 11th for the new ordinance changes.

Administrators add that a new tethering ordinance is also in the works to prevent dog owners from incorrectly chaining and tying up their animals.

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