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Springville Committee discusses animal ordinance

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Dangerous animal ordinances are a hot topic around the metro area. Now, Springville is now addressing the issue. A committee sat down Tuesday night to discuss a proposed ordinance requiring owners of certain breeds to follow stricter rules.

"You may think your dog would never do something like that, but that's what everyone says until that moment it did." Kim Vaughn says a pit bull brutally attacked her son Brody when he was five years old.

"He clamped his jaws around his leg, it went for his rib cage." The child survived.. but he's still recovering physically and emotionally. "My son would not get into my car to go somewhere unless the garage was down."

Vaughn is on a committee working on a dangerous animal ordinance for the city of Springville. She says extra precautions need to be in place.

It would require leashes and muzzles in public and confinement options, like keeping the dog inside or in an escape proof closure.

"I want to be clear about this, it doesn't prohibit or ban or require any animals to be removed from the city as a result of the breed, but what it does say is if you have a dangerous animal then that animal must be confined in a certain specific manner." City Attorney James Hill says the ordinance lists pit bulls.. as well as snakes and exotic animals... but all breeds are still under deliberations.

"I do have a problem with breed specific ordinances where they pick certain breeds. All dogs cause harm." Leanne Kaja says owners need to be held accountable.. because not all pit bulls are dangerous.

Kaja says, He's totally docile, a big baby, he will not fight anything, it's all in the raising."

Leland Berry says smaller dogs can hurt someone too.. But he does understand the city's concern on better confinement. "They have to be put up, I believe they should have a fences in yard, They should be contained."

The city attorney says the ordinance is still under review. He also pointed out the committee has people on both sides of the issue.

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