Bristol dog owners may soon breathe a sigh of relief

December 3, 2011 by  

It appears unlikely that any printing services will be asked to run off warning notices to Bristol residents stating that so-called “dangerous dogs” are unwelcome in their community. The newly appointed Ordinance Committee has taken issue with the previous panel’s proposal to forbid its residents from owning certain breeds, like the often targeted pit bull.

Committee chairman, City Councilor Ken Cockayne, says he’s received e-mails from halfway around the world pleading with him to can the canine ban concept. The general consensus is that such a ban would be unfair and discriminatory.

While it looks as though the new Ordinance Committee will put the controversial pooch issue to rest once and for all, dog biting is nevertheless no small problem in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that dogs bite around 4.5 million people per year. Approximately 885,000 or 20 percent of people who suffer a dog bite require medical treatment.

A handful of U.S. cities have placed restrictions on dogs that are considered most likely to harm humans. More than 2 dozen dog breeds have been involved in the 238 dog-bite-related deaths in the U.S., according to the American Humane Association (AHA).

Taking precautions such as never coming up to a strange dog may help prevent dog bites. Dogs that are tied up or chained are nearly 3 times more likely to attack because they may feel more vulnerable and anxious, the AHA reports. An estimated 25 percent of violent encounters involved chained dogs. Making Beware of Dog signs to help forewarn a passersby of potential trouble could be a job for a print company.