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Dog issue is back before Toledo Council July 15

July 11, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Toledo City Council members will meet on Monday, July 15, at 5 p.m. for a continued discussion of the city animal protection and control ordinance which addresses vicious animals. Council sessions are conducted at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center, 1007 Prospect Dr.

Council member Darvin Graham called for the special session during the council's regular meeting on July 8.

A pair of incidents this year involving dogs alleged to have attacked persons resulting in injuries have been brought before the council.

In the latest case, the mother of a victim appeared before the council challenging the dog confinement rule of the city ordinance on June 24. From the hour-long discussion at that time it became known the dog was kept confined nearby to the victim's residence for a portion of a required 10-day period by the owner.

The ordinance does require owners of an animal which has bitten a person to report the act to the police or local board of health and provides for the 10-day confinement period.

It also prohibits anyone from keeping a vicious dog within the city.

Police Chief Bob Kendall told the council on June 24 both the Tama County Humane Society Shelter and the Town and Country Veterinarian Clinic, both in Tama, declined to take the dog in the last case because it was deemed vicious.



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