Dangerous Dog Ordinance is Helping Hold Dog Owners Accountable

PANAMA CITY BEACH- Bay County Animal Control officer’s patrolled Moylan road Monday afternoon after receiving a call about a dangerous dog was on the loose.

"I’m scared because I have four children and I’m scared because it's a mean dog,” said Fidelia Guillen, Panama City Beach Resident.

“I find it scary because there's little kids around here and I really don't want them to get hurt,” said Annabelle sweat, Panama City beach resident.

It’s the same area where a black pitbull mix attacked a 19-year old woman on a bicycle last week.

Authorities say the dog bit her several times, tearing part of her right ear, puncturing her neck and biting the back of leg and lower back.

That animal is currently quarantined at the bay animal shelter.

Despite these recent instances, bay county officials say their 6-month old dangerous dog ordinance is helping.

"It gives animal control a lot more latitude to ensure that people who own dogs that have been dangerous the ability to ensure that they are following the rules,” said Valerie Sale, Bay County PIO.

"We’re watching things closer. I hope it does. There's quite a few problems in certain parts of town that seems to be that we have a problem with them more,” said Mike Thomas, county commissioner.

The ordinance requires owners of dogs, deemed dangerous, to confine the animals and provide extra layers of protection to the public.

The citation process also provides authorities with a useful paper trail.

"We are doing much better tracking those citations and making sure people adhere to the rules as it pertains to their animals,” said Sale.