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Weston approves 'dangerous animal' ordinance


The Village of Weston Board has approved an ordinance designed to bring its rules surrounding "dangerous animals" in line with Wausau's.

The Board passed the ordinance Monday evening. It forbids people from keeping animals determined to be dangerous within the Village limits.

This comes after Wausau adopted a similar ordinance in February. Wausau city officials had reached out to other municipalities to ask them to do the same "to prevent dangerous animal owners from fleeing to surrounding communities," according to a letter from Wausau City Clerk Toni Rayala.

Weston Village Administrator Daniel Guild told Newsline 9 this ordinance will allow Weston to coordinate better with Wausau and other municipalities to respond to concerns about dangerous animals.

The newly-passed ordinance defines a dangerous animal as one that tries to attack people without provocation or that bites or inflicts injuries on people. It also defines an animal as dangerous if it is trained to fight.

An animal already determined to be dangerous is one that has killed another animal without provocation, hurt a person without cause, been trained to fight, or has been designated as dangerous by another municipality, according to the ordinance.

For more information on the ordinance, click here. It begins on page 140.

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