May 01, 2003

Animal Welfare

By Bridget M. Kuehn Posted April 15, 2003 Vicious attacks by two pit bull-type dogs in a Chicago forest preserve that left one woman dead and another seriously injured have helped propel an amended animal control law through the state legislature. The bill would toughen penalties for owners of dangerous dogs and would allow counties to mandate microchipping for all cats and dogs. The proposed legislation, H.B. 184, was introduced by Rep. Angelo Saviano two days after the attack. Saviano said he had drafted the legislation prior to the forest preserve attacks, in response to the concerns of a constituent. His son had been mauled by a Rottweiler while riding his bike and he was unsatisfied with the charges the dog's owner faced. Since the bil ...