The group is coming up with suggestions for new city laws on dog breeding and how animals are allowed to behave in public, plus stricter penalties for owners of dogs considered dangerous, said Robert Linville, a local veterinarian who is serving on the panel. "The breed that everyone's worried about, of course, is the pit bull," said Linville, who also is a member and advisor to the Benicia Vallejo Humane Society.
"I think the problem is far more complex than simply saying you can't breed pit bulls," Linville
The mayor also wanted ideas for updating the city's dangerous-dog ordinance, Linville
said.For example, should the city institute higher fines for owners whose dogs have repeatedly been a nuisance?
And lastly, the committee is studying how to update animal control rules, he
said.How should people control their dogs if the animals lunge, chase or snarl at other animals or even people?
In the end, people are responsible for how their dogs act, Linville
"I think that any breed potentially can develop that reputation given the improper training and improper raising," Linville