WINSLOW ME - TOWN LEADERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO IMPROVE ON THEIR DANGEROUS DOG ORDINANCE AFTER TWO PIT BULLS FATALLY MAULED A BOSTON TERRIER AND INJURED THE OWNER
(WGME) -- Dangerous dog owners could soon have to deal with new rules in Winslow.
Police say a dog wouldn't be deemed "dangerous" until an incident is reported, and charges are filed.
The new rules come after two pit bulls attacked and killed a woman's terrier, and injured the owner.
Town leaders voted unanimously Tuesday night to amend the town ordinance, which the police chief says will reflect state standards.
As it stands now, fines for keeping a dangerous or noisy dog cannot exceed $20.
The amendments proposed by the chief and passed Tuesday night, will require the owner of a dangerous dog have a permit, register with the animal control officer and provide proof of at least $300,000 in liability insurance.
Owners will also have to post warning signs on property informing the community of the dangerous dog.
Penalties will start at $500 for the first offense, $750 for the second and $1,000 for the third.
The chief says the incident involving two dangerous dogs that left a small Boston terrier dead really bothered him and he wanted to do something about it.
The town council passed the ordinance unanimously Tuesday night.
The council will hold another hearing and vote at the meeting next month.