A study session on "pit bulls and other dogs" considered to be dangerous has been set by the Lincoln Park City Council on Tuesday, January 17, 2011 at City Hall, 1355 Southfield Road. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. with a study session following at 7:30 p.m.
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LINCOLN PARK: Study session set to discuss dangerous dogs in city
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011
By Lisa Yensen
LINCOLN PARK — A study session on pit bulls and other dogs considered to be dangerous has been set by the City Council for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1355 Southfield Road.
Councilman Mark Kandes requested the study session to look at the community’s reactions to the issue.
“The reason for the meeting is twofold,” Kandes said. “To get initial flavor of what’s going on in the community and what’s going on in other communities, but also what’s going on with vicious animals in general to see what we need to do about our ordinances.”
Numerous reports have been filed with police in Downriver communities and throughout Michigan about people and other animals being attacked by pit bulls and other dogs.
Police in the city still are investigating the death in July of a 5-year-old boy who was mauled by two dogs in his home. Those animals are described as a German shepherd mixed breed and a smaller possibly Labrador mix.
Kandes said it is time for the city to look at the issue and make a decision about future ordinances.
“I know we’ve had a few incidents involving pit bulls and animal control officers and police officers,” Kandes said.
Mayor Frank Vaslo said he is hoping residents will come to the meeting to voice their opinions.
“I’m hoping the council will get enough information to make an informed and reasonable decision,” Vaslo said. “We want to forge a reasonable path for the city to follow as far as dangerous animals go.”
Vaslo said officials will not take the decision to ban an entire breed lightly.
“I don’t believe banning is the answer,” Vaslo said. “We need to strengthen vicious animal ordinances, but I’m open to listening to the testimony by everyone and we’ll make the decision after that.”
Police Chief Thomas Karnes and a city animal control officer plan to attend the study session.
Currently, there are pit bull bans in at least 11 cities in Michigan, including Allen Park, Ecorse and Melvindale.
The study session will be followed at 7: 30 p.m. by the regular council meeting.
The council will meet Tuesday because Monday, Jan. 17, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and city offices will be closed.
Contact Staff Writer Lisa Yensen at lyensen@heritage. com or 1-734-246-0882.
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