MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Proposals to more specifically define vicious dogs and set minimum care requirements for owning pets are moving through the Shelby County Commission.
A commission committee voted 6-1 in favor of the vicious dog plan and supported the minimum care proposal unanimously at a meeting on Wednesday, according to The Commercial Appeal.
The vicious dog proposal by Commissioner Steve Mulroy lists killing a domestic animal outside of the owner's property as one way a dog could be classified as dangerous. Other indicators include attacking and injuring a person.
The ordinance now in force doesn't specify how an animal control officer should determine whether an animal is vicious.
The animal care proposal would specify minimum care required and fill in the gap on neglect that is below state statue on animal cruelty.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com