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Vicious dog ordinance gets delayed

(WMC-TV) – The Shelby County vicious dog ordinance was supposed to have its third and final reading Monday night, but after some amendments, it's going back to committee.

Along with defining a vicious dog as one that has aggressively attacked a human or been involved in dog fighting, the ordinance would also give animal control officers the right to investigate complaints.

Deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office currently investigate abuse.

Supporters of the ordinance say dogs will be better protected before things escalate to abuse. Citizens against it say the ordinance gives government more power over their lives.

One amendment passed today would prohibit anonymous complaints.

"I'm in court every week," said Cindy Sanders, of Community Action for Animals. "I see the type of people who come into court and they're not the kind of people that you'd want them to know that you were the one that reported them."

"Government should have to justify laws they want to pass that affects citizens," said Yvonne Burton, who lives in unincorporated Shelby County. "The data that they presented just doesn't justify it."

After the ordinance goes back to committee, it will be considered a second reading. So there will be two more votes before it is final.

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