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Committee Addresses Dangerous Dogs

Pitbulls

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Wednesday, the Medford Police Advisory held a public meeting to discuss dangerous dogs in Medford.

Over the past month, the city has been looking into changing its current dog ordinance, as a matter of public safety.

This could mean banning certain breeds or making owners more responsible for their pets. However, on Wednesday no decisions will be made. The meeting is being held only to gather public opinion on the issue at hand.

“There is no decision… this is not a done deal by any means by any circumstance… there are a number of laws on the books that we could use about the care and control and the responsibility of the owner… it’s still wide open,” Bob Strosser, Medford Police Advisory Committee.

It was a packed house at Monday night’s meeting, with nearly 100 dog owners showing up. Most of them say they just want to get their opinions heard, and help the committee make an informed decision.

The opinions gathered at Wednesday’s meeting will be compiled and presented to the Medford City Council in March.

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  1. John Michaels says:

    I watched in person. Many stated that they were proud pit bull owners yet no one could really identify what a pit bull was. That was curious.
    Most said that Medford should punish the owners, not the dogs.The issue wasn’t with responsible dog owner such as the ones that would come up and testify, the problem is with the irresponsible owners living on life’s edge. To these people fines don’t mean anything and a night in jail is just three hots and a cot. If you take their dog away, they just get another one, the pound is full of them. Those issues were not addressed.

  2. Leslie says:

    I believe you may have not fully understood all that was said last night. Everyone said that it is difficult to identify a pit bull, not that no one could. The point is “pit bull” isn’t one breed, it actually is made up of specifically Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terrier. However, lots of people consider Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Boston Terrier, Cane Corso and more to be a bully breed. This is where the identification becomes tricky, especially in mixed breed dogs.

    The second issue was also addressed by many of the models suggested including the Calgary plan. Those irresponsible owners will be fined and possibly incarcerated yes, but also their ability to legally own a dog will be revoked and probations are in order. Also, Medford currently has dangerous dog laws already that are not being fully enforced.

  3. Tyler Woodard says:

    John-

    First Question;

    Do you / Have you ever owned a dog?.

    Second Question;

    What makes you think that a irresponsible owner dont care about fines? I think you are stereo typing all irresponsible owners as bad people.

    I Know plenty of up standing TAX paying citizens that may not be the most responsible dog owners but they sure do care about money and having to pay a fine. I think you are referring to the transit type in hawthorn park who may not care about a fine or jail. They could have any dog breed they want, that does not change the fact that they are the problem by not obeying current leash laws. Sounds like an issue about the current laws not being enforced by MPD.

    If fines and jail isnt enough what else is there to do? I know in jail they wont be having a dog in there. sounds like a problem owner off the streets is a solution to me. And A Repeat offender will only serve more time. Punish responsible owners and their family members? I dont think so.

    Please do your homework on the Calgary Model as you are a City Council Member and it is your duty to do whats best for our community.

    Thank you

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