Mandan commissioners consider other animal legislation after dog attack

Mandan, ND – Mandan city officials are thinking of ways to address this week’s dog attack.

On Sunday, two pit bulls got loose and attacked a mom and daughter walking nearby. They both ended up in the hospital. KX News talked to city commissioners today who said they want to look at the city’s dog laws.

Ashley Kenney just got a new puppy: a pit bull – border collie mix.

“Five months old and she’s absolutely spoiled rotten…Lick all over your face and she’s a very sweet puppy,” she said.

It is a dog that would be banned in several cities including Minot and Williston. But In Mandan, a dog is declared vicious after it attacks somebody.

“I think the ordinance we have is a reactive one,” Mandan City Commissioner Dennis Rohr said.

Since this week’s dog attack, Rohr has been looking at other cities laws.

“When you look at the breeds you’re being proactive in trying to prevent a dog from attacking people,” he said.

But dog owners we spoke to do not think banning a breed is the right thing to do.

“I see at least one every time I’m here. Right now there is one here. He’s just a little puppy and he was attacking me with kisses,” dog owner Rebecca Helbling said.

Rohr says there are still other ways to tighten the laws.

“Some of these cities now have ordinances for vicious dogs referring to the insurance standard. And they list if you have this type of dog, it has to be registered. It has to meet certain standards. And they even have confinement laws,” he said.

Kenney says it is the owners who need to be more responsible.

“Bad dogs aren’t born. They’re made,” she said.

The next city commission meeting is in a couple weeks. Rohr said he might share some other examples of dog legislation that he would like to use as a model.

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