Minneapolis maps the locations of vicious dogs.
|Four of Minnesota's four-legged offenders|
|This is Barron, He bit someone.|
If a dog acts aggressively in Minneapolis, it is put on a "potentially dangerous dog" list and the owners are required to follow some rules such as keeping it on a 3 foot leash or muzzling it.
|This un-named dog is on the city website.|
|Collar Identifying a Dangerous Dog|
If an animal's owner completes the necessary training and education for themselves and their pet, and an approved trainer affirms that the pet and pet owner have made progress toward meeting certain safety goals, the City of Minneapolis will review the case after a reasonable amount of time (6 to 12 months, for instance) and may remove the dangerous dog declaration.
|A dangerous dog has to wear this tag.|
There are some exemptions.
Police dogs are exempt. No surprise there.
If someone gets bitten while trespassing, committing a crime, or tormenting a dog (or if it can be shown that he has repeatedly tormented the dog in the past)--too bad. In those cases, the dog was within his rights to bite.
I thought the regulations were pretty well thought out. They seem to have taken some care to insure that a dog is not put on the list without a good reason and that it can get off the list with proof of good behavior.
I would hope they've made keeping a dangerous dog expensive enough and onerous enough that most people would take the trouble to make sure their dogs don't get on the list.
Minneapolis is not the only city to have a map of dangerous dogs. Austin, Texas, has one, as does Knox County, Tennessee. Orlando, Florida, was considering such a map, but decided against it for fear it could cause mass hysteria or bring down property values.
I'd be interested to see whether the maps have made a difference in the number of dog bites.
|Some Dog Bite Statistics|