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Berkeley Co. revises dog ordinance

May 07, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission revised its vicious-dog ordinance Thursday night to allow dogs that attack or kill a horse or livestock to be declared vicious. Previously, the ordinance only dealt with dogs that attacked or killed a person or domestic animal.

County attorney Norwood Bentley said the revision was needed because of recent attacks on animals considered to be livestock, including an attack on Sherry Hays' 10-year-old pet goat, Daisy.

The two Rottweilers that killed Daisy could not be declared vicious because the goat was considered to be livestock. The dogs were returned to their owner.

Dogs that are declared vicious are seized by Berkeley County Animal Control officers. The dog owner and the person attacked or the owner of the animal attacked go before the Nuisance Appeal Board, which decides whether the dog should be euthanized.

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