MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford City Council members will be considering banning certain dog breeds or requiring they be muzzled or sterilized. Every year an estimated 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs, nationwide. Some say it’s become of a dog’s treatment, others blame certain breeds.
Medford Police will be handing out the latest information about dog related incidents on Thursday. The Medford City Council President says people have been attending the open comment forums to talk about dog bites.
The Medford City Council says one of the big items they’re discussing at noon is the number of pit bull attacks in the last few years. According to the council, since 2011, 89 dog bites were reported, half of those were by the pit bull breed.
Right now, one of the options on the table is a viscous dog ordinance. This could require that pit bulls or any other breeds proven to be dangerous to humans be muzzled or sterilized. The council could also propose a ban of certain dog breeds.
Nationally in 2013, the American Humane Society says approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered. In response to these statistics, many communities have enacted breed-specific legislation (BSL) that prohibits ownership of certain breeds, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and others.
In response, many pet owners have said that it’s about training a dog obedience, the breed itself isn’t a danger.