The Hagerstown City Council is considering making it illegal for people to keep vicious and dangerous animals within city limits.
Police Chief Arthur Smith said during a City Council work session Tuesday that the intent of an proposed ordinance amendment is to reduce the number of repeat attacks by the same animal.
The amendment does not specify specific breeds of animals, Smith said. To be deemed vicious and dangerous, an animal would have to bite a human or attack another animal without provocation, he said.
Only a small percentage of animals, including dogs, are deemed vicious and dangerous, Smith said. Fifteen dogs in the city currently fit that description, which is outlined in a Washington County animal control ordinance.