Saturday, October 15, 2016

Maine: Town decides that signs posted outside houses which have vicious dogs will solve the problem. Um, yeah...

MAINE -- An incident in August where two Pit Bulls (owned by Danielle Jones and Brandon Ross) attacked and killed a Boston Terrier has led the town of Winslow to look into how dangerous dogs are handled.

Winslow Police Chief Shawn O'Leary said after the August attack, he discovered the town's ordinance was outdated.

What chance did this little dog have against these
two pit bulls? She didn't and was mauled to death.
RIP Fergie Rose

"I checked out to area departments that had dog ordinances, in particular dangerous dogs," O'Leary said.

A dog is classified as dangerous through due process under state law, generally, after an attack is reported.


The new ordinance in Winslow would require owners of dogs classified as dangerous to put signs around their home to notify others.

Owners would also need to provide proof of up to $300,000 in liability insurance.

"Just to protect anyone who got attacked or any dog, because there is a medical cost," O'Leary said.

The ordinance changes are receiving overwhelming support in the town.
This dog tore through TWO fences to attack a woman
and maul a little dog to death. Do you really think a
sign posted outside the house would've prevented this?

"It sounds good. I wouldn't want anyone or any dog to come up and rip him, for no reason," dog owner Greta Boutin said.

Judy Raymond, who said one of her dogs was killed in an attack, said she does not support the changes. She said in the heat of the moment all dogs can be unpredictable.


"That's just dogs nature to want to gang up on each other," Raymond said.

The Winslow Town Council gave initial approval to the ordinance changes Tuesday night. A second vote will be held next month.



(WMTW - Oct 12, 2016)