The new ordinance defines what a dangerous dog might be - any dog that attempts to inflict injury on a person or that approaches a person or animal in a threatening manner. A dangerous dog would include pit bulls, but might also include other breeds that have aggressive tendencies or that have been trained to endanger others.
The city's court and the designated animal control officers have the right to declare a dog a dangerous dog.
The new ordinance also prohibits people from having dangerous dogs within 500 feet of property lines, churches, schools, preschools, day cares, hospitals, nursing homes, athletic fields or recreational areas.
Violations of the dangerous dog ordinance can result in fines or imprisonment and also possible impoundment of the dog.