Beatrice has resolved its first case under a new dangerous animal section of the city’s animal ordinance. Police Chief Bruce Lang says the incident involved a dog bite where the animal was -not- deemed dangerous.
The chief, mayor and city administrator are members of a panel which examines several factors when considering such cases.
The panel considers a host of issues, like whether the dog has bitten anyone before, if it was on a leash when it bit someone and if it was being taunted or what prompted the attack. The resolved case involved a mixed-breed dog where there was -not- a serious injury.
Lang says his department will look at each case individually and no threat to the public will be tolerated.
“If a dog is vicious and goes after someone and attacks someone, then I want that dog put down,” he says. “That dog is attacking people and it’s been allowed to run free, that dog just does not belong in our community.”
Chief Lang says some of the cases yet to be heard involve dogs that are going after people unprovoked, where the owner hasn’t maintained control of their pet.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice