Bill proposed to require stronger, taller fences for large-breed dogs after recent attacks

A new bill would require owners of larger breeds to build "stronger and taller" fences. (3/17/14)

EDISON - Two recent attacks on young kids by large dogs is prompting new legislation.

A new bill would require owners of larger breeds to build "stronger and taller" fences. This comes after a 13-year-old in Paterson and 10-year-old in Newark were attacked by large-breed dogs.

Chief Victor "Buddy" Amato, of the SPCA of Monmouth County, says legislation is fine, but the most important component lies with the owners.

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"I think the bigger problem is owner education and how they socialize their animals," Amato says. "You could build fences eight feet high or taller, but that animal is going to come in contact with a human and if it's not socialized and trained right, it is going to have issues."

 

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