Crackdown on Dangerous Dogs Proposed in Chicago

A Chicago alderman wants to toughen the city’s dangerous dog ordinance after an incident that endangered residents in his Northwest Side ward. A Pit Bull that had been declared dangerous after attacking three people, escaped from a fenced yard and was found wandering near a home where several small children live.

The proposed changes to the dangerous dog ordinance include a five-year ban on dog ownership for any owner found guilty of not obeying the dangerous dog requirements. Dangerous dog owners with multiple violations of ordinance requirements over a five-year period would face a lifetime ban on dog ownership in Chicago.