By requiring insurance, the cityâ€™s pit bull population is certain to decrease, Police Chief Chad Mulligan said.
Most home owner insurance policies cover domestic animals, but larger and more dangerous dogs such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and German shepherds are not covered, officials said.
It can cost up to $1,000 per year to insure a pit bull, Mulligan
Dogs not leashed or penned up in yards will constitute probable cause for police, meaning they will be able to ask for proof of insurance on the animal if itâ€™s roaming free, Mulligan
Cats have also caused city animal control problems in recent years.
A cat bit a city employee last year, and that employee had to be treated for rabies, Mulligan
Both Crocker and Mulligan
acknowledged there is a contingent of pet owners and animal advocacy groups that will bemoan the measure.
said personal responsibility should alleviate any problems.