Mauling of infant may spur dog law

first_imgSpurred by a recent pit bull attack on an 11-month-old Palmdale girl, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will ask county officials Tuesday to draft an ordinance regulating the breeding of pit bulls and rottweilers. The county supervisor plans to ask officials, including those in the Department of Animal Care and Control, to draft a proposed ordinance requiring some dogs to be spayed and neutered, said Antonovich aide Tony Bell. Though details of the proposed ordinance have not been discussed, Antonovich expects the Board of Supervisors to vote on the rules Feb. 14, Bell said. “Responsible dog owners should be supportive of this measure,” Bell said. “It’s the irresponsible dog owners and breeders that need to be aware that Los Angeles County will hold them responsible for the actions of their animals.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Last fall, the Legislature passed a bill authorizing local governments to enact breed-specific ordinances on dogs pertaining to mandatory spay-neuter programs. The board vote would apply only to unincorporated areas such as Quartz Hill, Lake Los Angeles and Littlerock, but cities such as Palmdale and Lancaster that use county animal-control services usually adopt county animal-control laws. If the supervisors pass the measure, Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said he expects both Palmdale and Lancaster to adopt it as well. “It seems like those are the two breeds that we constantly hear about and read about,” Roberts said about pit bulls and rottweilers. One factor in breed-specific legislation is what critics say is difficulty in defining what dogs it applies to. A pit bull is a type of dog and not a breed, critics say, and many breeds resemble pit bulls or share characteristics. Antonovich’s plan comes after an 11-month-old girl was attacked Monday by a pit bull at a neighbor’s house. Animal-control officials said the pit bull was a neutered male. The girl’s injuries were mostly around her face. Doctors at UCLA Medical Center were unable to reattach her ear that had been torn off when she was attacked, said Lt. Don Ford of the Palmdale sheriff’s station. The infant was with her aunt, who had gone to visit friends. The dog, which had had no problem with the girl on previous visits, attacked her for no apparent reason, Ford said. The animal was destroyed at the Lancaster Animal Shelter. The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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