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Dangerous Dog Bites Down in Amarillo

"We have had 14 attacks, that meet the elements of a dangerous dog statute of the health and safety code, this year as opposed to last year, around 55 or 60 last year, last summer," says Animal Control Director Mike McGee "We have had 14 attacks, that meet the elements of a dangerous dog statute of the health and safety code, this year as opposed to last year, around 55 or 60 last year, last summer," says Animal Control Director Mike McGee

The number of serious dog bite cases are falling in Amarillo, thanks in part to harsher penalties.

Amarillo decided to implement stricter rules after the numerous vicious dog attacks that occurred last summer, and officials say the results have been positive.

Since then animal control says they have seen a huge decrease in dangerous dog attacks.

Director Mike McGee says, "We have had 14 attacks, that meet the elements of a dangerous dog statute of the health and safety code, this year as opposed to last year, around 55 or 60 last year, last summer."

Once a dog is deemed dangerous by animal control, the owner must post signs, and provide a sturdy enclosure so the dog cannot escape. But the biggest impact has been the hefty fines the city tacked on for those dog owners.

"The city requires 250 thousand dollars liability insurance policy, which is an increase of 150 thousand from what the state mandates. And an annual registration fee of 50 dollars each year that the owner would have to pay to the City of Amarillo." McGee says.

McGee says because insurance on a dangerous dog is so expensive, most owners have the dog euthanized, which means less repeat offenders on the streets. In fact each of the 14 dogs deemed dangerous so far this year, have been put down.

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