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Public Notices…Dangerous Dog LBTS Ordinance…1st Hearing..Necessary or Not?…

Sentinel 12/6/08…full text available at Town Hall upon request…

TOWN OF LAUDERDALE-BY- THE-SEA

Notice Of Public Hearing

The Town on LBTS will hold a public hearing before the Commission onTues. Dec 16,2008 at 7 pm or as soon thereafter in the Town Commission Chamber, LBTS (Jarvis Hall) to consider the following Ordinance.

ORDINANCE 2008-25 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF LBTS FL. AMENDING CHAP.4 ARTICLE II, SECTION 4:30 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF LBTS TO ESTABLISH PROVISIONS PROTECTING THE PUBLIC FROM DANGEROUS DOGS;

all interested parties may appear and be heard…

http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=14431&sid=9

Town Codes…

‘Sec. 4-30. Vicious dogs running at large prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any owner or keeper of any vicious dog to permit such dog to run at large or without the enclosure of the owner or keeper thereof within the corporate limits of the Town without being properly muzzled.
(b) Any dog known to have bitten any person is hereby defined as a “vicious dog” but the term “vicious dog” shall not be limited to only those dogs which are known to have bitten any person.
(Code 1962, § 4-27)’

BROWARD COUNTY HAS DANGEROUS DOGS ORDINANCE ALREADY ON THE BOOKS…

http://www.broward.org/animal/ani01700.htm

Dangerous Dogs: Section 4-12

A “Dangerous Dog” is a dog that has done the following:

  • A dog that when unprovoked approaches a person in a menacing fashion or with an attack attitude.
  • A dog that has killed or caused the death of a domestic animal in one incident, while off the owner’s or keeper’s property.
  • Has aggressively bitten, attacked, endangered, killed or inflicted severe injury on a human being on public or private property.
  • Has been used primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting.

If a dog – whether or not the dog has been classified as “dangerous” — causes severe injury or death to a person OR domestic animal while unprovoked and off the owner’s property, an Animal Care Officer will impound the dog. Written notice will be given to the owner and after ten (10) business days from the date of notification, the dog will be humanely euthanized.’

In the 12/6/08 Sentinel and the Miami Herald…(link below)…articles about the Broward County Dangerous Dog Act already covering all of Broward county…which includes LBTS…

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/broward/story/801583.html

So once again we have spent money and time…on something that may have been needlessly pursued…with time spent in discussion on the dais…staff time and attorney time to draw up the Ordinance along with the Public Notice costs in the Sentinel…

This subject was brought to the podium a few months back by Comm. Clottey…some research was done and memos were sent to the Commissioners….then Vice Mayor McIntee put it on the agenda…and decided to grandstand…despite the assertion by the Mayor that BSO said we did not have a problem and the Ordinance was already on the books…

After reading the articles in the news yesterday, and going online to check out the Broward County Ordinances… she was correct, and we are covered just as all communities in Broward, thus there was no need to add this Town Ordinance and incur unnecessary costs to the town to duplicate this existing County Ordinance…just makes for more fodder ….for poor administrative action…and poor Commissioner due diligence by some who did not do their homework…too bad!

more to come…

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