Owners of dead Tahoe dog want ordinance change

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Updated: 5/05/2014 11:48 am

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — A Lake Tahoe couple is questioning Washoe County's animal control laws after their dog died from injuries suffered in an attack by two larger dogs last month.

According to Washoe County Animal Services, James Gaither of Incline Village was walking his 8-year-old dog, Bertie, at about 9:45 p.m. on April 20 when a pair of 2-year-old German shepherds attacked.

Gaither was bitten by the dogs and his wife, Bonnie, told the Sierra Sun that Bertie had his skin ripped off.

Steve Miller, the owner of the German shepherds, received two citations with fines totaling $200 and was required to quarantine his dogs for 10 days in accordance with the county ordinance.

The Gaithers want the ordinance changed to require euthanization of any dog that attacks others unprovoked.

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BR549 - 5/6/2014 6:10 PM
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Any dog that attacks and kills another or attacks a person should be put down and the owner fined a thousand dollars. Also a five year ban on owning any other dog. Maybe then careless people with vicious dogs will finally do the right thing.

jennavb - 5/5/2014 11:35 PM
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Oh it it was a pit bull attacking, the headline would read "PIT BULL ATTACKS AGAIN!!!!!!" YOU CLOWNS ARE WORTHLESS......Because it was a German Sheppard, its ok right?

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