Offbeat
12:18 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

Jackson County insurance requirement for vicious dogs

Jackson County Commissioners are considering tough new regulations for owners of dogs that attack.

James Shotwell is chairman of the commission. He says a judge will determine whether a dog owner will have to get one hundred thousand dollars of liability coverage for the animal.

"The language is something that is established by the courts, after the person is cited with the animal repeatedly," Shotwell says.  "So it’s not like everyone who has a pit bull or has a vicious dog has to have liability insurance. That’s not what we’re saying.”

Shotwell says the county’s animal control department monitors complaints about dogs running loose or behaving aggressively.

He says the county will also rigorously enforce its dog licensing law by conducting sweeps of problem areas.