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Countywide : Health Agency to Study Regulations on Dogs

July 22, 1987

At a time of public worry about attacks by pit bullterriers, the Board of Supervisors directed the county Health Care Agency on Tuesday to see whether existing laws are sufficient to protect people from aggressive dogs.

"As the result of some well-publicized dog attacks, there has been an increase in concern regarding the threat of potentially dangerous dogs," Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder said. She said some people contend that the county's law regulating aggressive dogs is inadequate.

The board's action did not single out any species of dog, but Dr. Nila Kelly, chief of the county's veterinary services, said before the vote that "the motivating factor is the publicity about pit bulls."

Kelly said the study could lead to a "tightening" of animal control laws that could set up a new category of "vicious dogs."

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