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Dangerous dog committee to meet for first time in 20 years

Focus will be on Stark, a brown-and-white Staffordshire terrier
Staffordshire terrier
Staffordshire terrier.

Sault Ste. Marie's dangerous dog committee will meet Monday for the first time since 2001.

The committee is to hear an appeal of a dangerous dog designation issued on Apr. 28 to a male brown-and-white Staffordshire terrier named Stark.

The videoconferenced hearing is expected to be adjourned until a future date to allow Stark's owner, Mike Bryson of Doncaster Road, to attend.

The rarely convened committee hears appeals from dog owners who've been served with a notice of dangerous dog designation.

The committee's decision on whether to rescind or substitute the determination is final.

The city's Animal Care and Control Bylaw states: "Where the pound keeper or an officer becomes aware either on its own initiative or as a result of a complaint received by it that a dog, without provocation, bite or attacked or chased or approached a person or domestic animal in a menacing fashion, the pound keeper may serve a dangerous dog notice."

Whenever a dangerous dog is not in the owner’s dwelling unit, but still within the boundaries of the owner’s premises, it must:

  • wear a muzzle
  • be securely tethered
  • be contained within an area securely enclosed by a locked fence of an appropriate height, or an area enclosed by other means such that the dangerous dog cannot come into contact with members of the public
  • a sign, no smaller than five inches by seven inches, must be displayed at all entrances to the property upon which the dog is kept, warning that there is a dangerous dog on the property

When a dangerous dog is not on the owner’s premises, it must be kept muzzled, and on a leash not exceeding two metres in length.

Dangerous dogs must be spayed or neutered, and implanted with a microchip at the owner's expense.

Dangerous dogs not complying can be subjected to procedures including euthanization.