August 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Michigan lawmaker's bill lets some dogs be labeled as 'dangerous'

Lansing— A Michigan lawmaker has introduced legislation aiming to prevent incidents like one in which two dogs fatally mauled a jogger.

The bill by Democratic Rep. Sean McCann of Kalamazoo would establish a complaint process whereby a judge could label a dog “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous” if it attacks without provocation.

A “dangerous” dog could be put to death. If not, the owner would have to notify mail deliverers and others of the dog.

The owner would have to keep the dog indoors or in a locked structure. While out with the dog, the owner would have to leash it and ensure it’s wearing a muzzle.

Two cane corsos were euthanized after fatally mauling a jogger in Lapeer County last month.

McCann says violent dogs “must be kept from attacking again.”