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And Your Little Dog Too: New Ordinance Gives 'Vicious' Designation To Dogs That Chase People

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Under an ordinance agreed upon Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, animal control officers have the power "to seize and destroy a dog" for chasing a person, according to KTLA.

Under a new amendment to existing dog regulations, animal control officers the right to declare a dog “vicious,” a designation that can potentially lead to the animal being euthanized. The new measure is more stringent and less tolerant of so-called dangerous dogs and re-defines what is considered an aggressive dog.

A dog would not even need to bite a person in one of the proposed amendments. As well, the "enhanced ordinance" allows dog owners five days to contest in court Animal Control's findings.

A final administrative vote on the ordinance is still required.