Illinois legislators could amend act after lethal dog attack

By Joe Bennett

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Illinois legislators could amend the Humane Care for Animals Act to make people safer from neighborhood dogs tethered outside.

Legislators say the bill is being examined more closely after a seven year old Galesburg boy was killed in a dog attack last week.

Amendments to the act would define humane conditions for a dog to be tethered outdoors.

For example , dogs could not be tethered with a pinch, prong, or choke-type collar.

State Representative Don Moffitt says the bill could prevent tragedies like the death in Galesburg.

"And I'm willing to look and support that," says Republican Dan Moffitt from the 74th District. "But also, the circumstances. Any dog, I think, could potentially be a vicious dog if it does not have the right treatment by its owner."

Moffitt says there are some statues defining what constitutes a vicious dog.

The amendment has been introduced, and the bill is still in committee.

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