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Chippewa Falls considering changes in animal ordinances


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The City of Chippewa Falls is putting their previous animal ordinance in the dog house, as officials are considering some changes at a council meeting Tuesday night.

This comes after a police officer was forced to shoot a pit bull, back in May, because it was attacking another dog. The changes being considered will require more responsibility on behalf of pet owners. For example, they will no longer receive a warning, but an immediate citation if their pet is found without proper license or documentation, which will also be more detailed for pets that have been declared dangerous.

“This discussion here may change the way we address dangerous animals. Instead of just a citation it looks like what they're looking at is a proposal for a civil order where an officer would be able to designate an animal as dangerous and then a number of stipulations would go in force then," said Lt. Matt Kelm, from the Chippewa Falls Police Department.

The city council will discuss the changes Tuesday night, but no vote is planned. The public is invited to attend. The meeting beings at 6:30 p.m. at Chippewa Falls City Hall. 

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