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Lee County considers strenghtening dangerous dog ordinance

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Lee County considers strenghtening dangerous dog ordinance

By Christy Dimond. CREATED Dec 16, 2013

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Dog owners in Lee County could soon face stricter consequences if their dog attacks another animal.

A public hearing is scheduled tomorrow to discuss an ordinance proposed by Lee County Domestic Animal Services to change the definition of "dangerous dogs." 

Currently, a dog is only labeled dangerous if its attacked another animal more than twice.  

The proposed ordinance would allow Animal Services officials to intervene after one attack and, depending on the situation, take a dog from its owner to prevent future attacks. 

"There's a void in the law right now," said Glenn Johnson, operations manager at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

"It allows the animals to kill twice before anything's done."

Some first attacks are so horrific, Johnson said, officials don't want the possibility of the animal attacking again.

"The unfortunate thing is some animals are animal aggressive and they just don't like other animals," he said. 

The ordinance will be discussed during a public hearing Tuesday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Old Lee County Courthouse.  

Another ordinance requiring pet owners to spay and neuter their animals, unless they have a breeder's license, will also be discussed.