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Pit Bull encounter has Chippewa Falls looking into new dog ordinance

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- One family's encounter with a pair of Pit Bulls has a local city looking at shortening the leash.  Chippewa Falls is considering new regulations for dog owners.

Jillian Wollmer's husband walked outside last Friday to find two Pit Bulls, who chased him into his car. 

"He looked off into our fenced-in yard and noticed that the dogs had mauled and killed our cat," Wollmer remembers.  "His immediate reaction was our son.  He didn't know where our son was for sure and it was about the same size as our son since our son is 20-months-old."

Wollmer says her son let the cat outside and she's worried next time he could be the victim of an attack.  

The Chippewa Falls Police Department says in 2011, 8 Pit Bulls were registered in the city, 13 in 2012, and 7 so far in 2013. The city's mayor, a dog owner himself, says it's not just a Pit Bull problem.  In 2011, an American Bulldog was euthanized after biting a 6-year-old, and also attacking another dog.

"Do I think it's a pit bull issue?  No," answers Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman.  "I think it's a loose dog issue.  It's an ownership issue.  Sad to say, there are people out there who should not have pets."

Hoffman believes a new ordinance would help.  It could call for all dogs to be on leashes when out in the public and put a part-time animal control officer back on the city's payroll to pick up strays.

Hoffman would also like to see higher fines for owners who can't control their pets.  No decision has been made yet.  Hoffmann says the city has looked at dog ordinances from counties around the state and will be discussing the issue at a meeting next week.

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