At Issue: Can something be done to end dog maulings?

Recent dog maulings that lead to the death of a 6-year-old boy, Logan Braatz and severe injures to a 5-year-old girl, Syari Sanders have lead lawmakers to search for ways to keep these kids of tragedies from happening.

Some have called for bans of certain breeds. Those dogs were identified by officials as a pit bull mix and border collie. Most counties and cities in Georgia that have vicious dog bans include pit bulls among restricted animals. Although the attack took place in Atlanta, DeKalb County removed pit bulls from its list of prohibited animals in 2012. Sharon Sutton, a DeKalb County Commissioner at the time, said she believes it’s important to look past the breed of a dog, and at its behavior.

Some of the most recent proposed legislation came from Atlanta Councilwoman Keisha Bottoms who introduced an ordinance restricting dangerous dogs from being near schools and other places frequented by children. She said if zoning wasn’t an option, perhaps requiring owners of certain breeds or sizes of dogs to have fenced property would do.

While many understand the frustration, nobody seems to know how to keep the public safe while still respecting the rights of a pet owner.

What should or could be done?

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