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Boland Wants Responsible Dog Owners

Macomb, IL – Illinois State Representative Mike Boland wants owners held responsible for their aggressive dogs. He's introducing a bill which would make it a felony for a person's dog to attack and injure someone. Boland says current law requires that a dog be adjudged vicious in court before the owner can face charges. He says the bill he's proposing would apply from the first attack. He's also considering allowing fines under the law to go toward local animal shelters or humane societies. The bill would apply only to dogs which had not been neutered or spayed. Boland says there seems to be an increasing rate of dog attacks in the state. He sees the proposed bill as a partial solution.