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Council discusses reversal of city breed ban

By Staff | Aug 6, 2018

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


Akita Inu

Tosa Inu

Dogo Argentino

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.