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MASON CITY, IA – Cerro Gordo County supervisors are hearing more details about a proposed dangerous dog ordinance.
The proposed ordinance would use a more aggressive approach in dealing with dog bite cases, especially those who do not have their rabies shots.
If passed, the ordinance would allow county health officials to impose certain requirements on owners, including keeping the dog indoors or muzzled and restrained if taken off their property.
Public health officials say it’s an effort to put safety first.
Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health Environmental Health Services Manager, Brain Hanft said, “There’s cases where if a dogs bitten for example a kid, you know, that’s how we look at this. Can we stand to have dogs out there that would bite kids and cause severe bodily harm which has occurred?”
The board of supervisors has approved a public hearing to discuss the issue.
It will take place July 9th at 9:45AM.