Shelby Commission Mandates Sterlizing Vicious Dogs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Shelby County Commission members have given final approval to a revised vicious dog ordinance that includes mandatory sterilization in some cases.
Commission members voted 8-3 on Monday in favor of the ordinance, which spells out how a dog will be declared vicious. Violations include “breaking the skin and causing the victim to bleed,” according to The Commercial Appeal ( ).
Dogs declared vicious must be spayed or neutered and have an electronic identification chip implanted before the owner could get it back.
In a separate vote commissioners set minimum pet care standards, including providing adequate food and water.

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