Ask Joe: Does dog deserve dangerous designation?

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Updated: 7/09 6:30 pm
Question:

From the Ask Joe file, a question from a viewer who has some concerns about our local animal control policies.

Kathy King wrote in saying she is trying to save her dog Oso. The dog got into a fight with another dog at a local veterinarian's office, and was deemed dangerous. Oso may have to be put down.

Kathy's question is doesn't the county code require two incidents before a dog can be deemed dangerous?
 
Answer:

Oso was deemed dangerous after the incident in the vet's office last year, and Kathy said she lost her appeal hearing this week. So Oso may have to be put down any day.

There is a county code that does say there must be two incidents within 18 months before a dog can be deemed dangerous. However, the code also says that if you or your dog are attacked, you can request the other dog be deemed dangerous and that is apparently what happened in this case.
 
Just because a dog is deemed dangerous does not mean it has to be put down. But there are terms and conditions you have to follow, which include providing a secure enclosure so the dog does not get out. You also have to inform your landlord that your dog has been deemed dangerous, and that is why some people end up having to put their dogs down.
 
Why was Oso deemed dangerous? Joe was told in order to find out, News 4 would need to make a public records request. We did that on Wednesday, and we are waiting to get the information from Animal Control.

We will follow up as soon as we find out.
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mar6179 - 7/24/2014 10:22 PM
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Any update????

Speed - 7/10/2014 7:27 PM
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Catchy,Kramer. Hope the dog gets a chance to redeem itself. Everyone deserves a second chance.

Kramer - 7/10/2014 3:02 PM
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o, so that's the lowdown on putdowns
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