Orange County Supervisors Reject Online Map of Dangerous Dogs

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted against part of a proposed ordinance that would have established an online map with locations of so-called dangerous dogs.

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, decided to nix a proposed online map that would have listed the locations of so-called dangerous dogs. (Credit: KTLA)

Supervisors said they were concerned that the website could have stigmatized residents.

The board did tentatively approve part of the ordinance, which called on a three-level system to classify dogs instead of labeling them as “potentially dangerous” or “vicious,” as was the previous practice.

Level 1 dogs would include canines involved in two incidents within a 36-month period, and which have bitten a person without provocation, causing a minor injury.

Level 2 dogs would be those that were trained for fighting, or had four separate unprovoked attacks that caused severe or substantial injury.

Level 3 dogs would include canines that killed or maimed a person without provocation. The dogs in this level would be euthanized, but owners would have the right to a court hearing before that occurred.

Dogs used in military or police work would be exempt from this system.

The vote for final approval of the ordinance was scheduled to take place in January.

KTLA’s Erin Myers contributed to this report.