Atlanta council refers vicious dog ordinance back to committee

The Atlanta city council recently referred a proposal to amend the “Animals” chapter of the city’s code of ordinances to provide for more restrictive control and regulation of vicious and dangerous dogs within the city back to the public safety and legal administration committee.

Councilmembers Keisha Lance Bottoms, Cleta Winslow, Ivory Lee Young Jr. and Joyce Sheperd proposed the ordinance, substituted and amended by the committee, following the January pit bull attack of two children: Logan Braatz, 6, who died, and Syrai Sanders, 5, who was seriously injured. The mauling in southwest Atlanta occurred as the children walked to school.

During his Feb. 8 court appearance, Cameron Tucker, the owner of the dogs, had his charges reduced to misdemeanor manslaughter. He was initially charged with a felony in Braatz’s death.