Council discusses reversal of city breed ban
At Monday night’s Estherville city council meeting, the council reviewed an update to its animal ordinance.
One subparagraph listed breeds considered “potentially dangerous dogs”:
Doberman (excluding mini pinschers)
Pit Bull Terrier
American Stratfordshire Terrier
Dogs of these breeds would be allowed in city limits, with the following restrictions:
Leash and muzzle: dogs outside must be on a leash controlled by its owner, and wear a muzzle. The dogs cannot be on a leash or chain tied to a tree or other inanimate object.
Confinement: dogs must be kept indoors, not on a porch or other spot they can leave of their own accord. Outdoors, the dogs must be in a secured kennel unless leashed or muzzled under the control of their owner.
Signs: property must have a sign, “Beware of Dog.”
Insurance: owners must have liability insurance of at least $100,000 per single incident on the dog.
Identification: dogs must be microchipped.
These are some points in a proposed new ordinance, and the council discussed the points during a two-hour council meeting Monday night.
Read more in Thursday’s edition of the Estherville News.