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Bellevue Passes Ordinance to Crack Down on Dog Owners

Jennifer Griswold

Bellevue Passes Ordinance to Crack Down on Dog Owners

CREATED Mar. 25, 2013

Bellevue, NE - The Bellevue City Council is cracking down on bad dog owners. They passed a measure on Monday limiting the amount of time a dog can be tied up outside alone to fifteen minutes. 

The ordinance is meant to keep animals from being left out in extreme cold or heat. 

Those violating the measure will face a $100 fine for their first offense, $250 fine for their second violation. 

Carol Blood, the city councilmember who proposed the ordinance has said, "bad animal owners need to be held accountable. 

Omaha has had a similar ordinance on the books since 2008. Mark Langan with the Nebraska Humane Society told KMTV Action 3 News, "We get a lot of calls here at the Humane Society regarding situations about dogs being left out, whether it be barking dog calls or aggressive dogs that have been tied up and break the chain, to dogs let out tied up for a great period of time without food and water."

Violations in Bellevue will be addressed by complaints.