Councilman introduces new proposal targeting vicious dog owners

Vicious dog owners proposal
Zainabou Drame was attacked by dogs in Westwood on June 4.
Zainabou Drame was attacked by dogs in Westwood on June 4.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - BY: Megan O'Rourke

Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman.

Councilman Chris Seelbach said his proposal is different because it is not breed specific. Instead, if a dog seriously injures a person or another animal its owner would receive up to six months in jail.

Seelbach's proposal would also eliminate a second part of the existing law that says penalties don't kick in until the dog is involved in a second attack.

Seelbach said he plans to introduce the legislation during the next council meeting the first week of August.

It comes on the heels of a brutal attack of a 6 year-old Westwood girl earlier this summer.

Zainabou Drame was attacked on June 4. She lost her tongue and suffered severe jaw damage.

The owner of the dog that attacked Drame was charged with a misdemeanor count of failing to keep his dog confined or on a leash.

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