Fifteen people were declared reckless dog owners last year by the Nebraska Humane Society, leaving the Omaha area with 69 such people.
Seven appeals of the declarations were heard in 2015, Humane Society officials said, with three appeals denied and four approved. One person who had been declared a reckless dog owner was released from a four-year probationary period.
A dog owner is considered reckless if he or she fails to meet city ordinance owner requirements or is convicted of three animal-control ordinance violations over two years, said Mark Langan, the Humane Society’s vice president of field operations.
A dog owner who is declared reckless is not allowed to own a dog for four years, he said.
Other 2015 statistics for the Omaha area released by the Humane Society:
» 20 dog-tethering citations were issued to owners after dogs were tied up outside for longer than 15 minutes. The citations were issued after no adults were found on site during a 15-minute period.
» 14 citations were issued to pit bull owners who failed to produce proof of insurance for their dogs.
» 35 citations were issued over pit bulls not wearing a harness or muzzle, or wearing a leash considered too long.
» 8 pit bulls were granted breed ambassador status after passing tests to opt out of wearing a muzzle.
» 87 potentially dangerous dog declarations were issued.
» 13 potentially dangerous dogs were released from restrictions after meeting a two-year period of no violations.
Langan said a dog is declared potentially dangerous if it bites someone, injures another animal or approaches someone in a menacing fashion. He said potentially dangerous dogs include all sizes and breeds, from German shepherds and Labrador retrievers to Chihuahuas and rat terriers.
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