LA supes to pass ordinance curbing 'vicious' dogs

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors says it will pass an ordinance making it easier to remove vicious dogs from neighborhoods. The new ordinance expands the definition of “vicious.”

Right now, a dog has to bite or attack someone before a judge can declare it vicious. Under the new rule, someone can brand an unusually aggressive dog as a menace - even if it doesn’t bite anyone.

The new ordinance also gives animal control officers the authority to declare a dog vicious; only a judge can do that now.

Current L.A. County rules require the owners of vicious dogs to confine them - or keep them muzzled and on a short leash. The new ordinance lets animal control officials remove and destroy a dog if its owner can’t control it.

The ordinance also gives owners five days to challenge a “vicious dog” declaration.

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