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Dog Owners still waiting for a list of “potentially dangerous” dogs


“potentially dangerous” dogs at the Ridgewood 4th of July Parade

Dog Owners still waiting for a list of “potentially dangerous” dogs
February 16,2012
Tracy Frasche

I tried to find the list of court determined “potentially dangerous” dogs, but couldn’t find a listing by specific breed.

That said, couldn’t all dogs be considered, “potentially dangerous”.   The behavior of one’s dog is still prompted by instinct, no matter how well behaved and domesticated we believe they are.  I don’t think anyone could say, with absolute certainty, that their dog would never bite.  A frightened, ill or injured animal may act unpredictably, often before we ever realize there’s a problem.

If I were to take a guess, I would say that the “potentially dangerous” list includes breeds such as Rottweilers, Pitt Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, Dobermans, etc.  Yet aren’t these some of the same breeds used as rescue dogs?  The same breeds used in law enforcement?  Commended for their heroism during the 9/11 attacks?

A Pomeranian could be just as “potentially dangerous” as a Pitt Bull under the right circumstances.  Are these breeds really more dangerous or are these the breeds most favored by the media when an attack on a human or another animal occurs?

8 thoughts on “Dog Owners still waiting for a list of “potentially dangerous” dogs

  1. What about cats? Where is this going to stop? I think the Mayor should start a potentially dangerous dog advisory board.( PDDAB)

  2. The police should identify “potentially dangerous” residents or their kids and charge them accordingly

  3. I think a “potentially dangerous dog advisory board” would be great if there appeared to be an overall problem with dangerous dogs in Ridgewood. Does this kind of situation exist to the degree that an advisory board would be of benefit? I’m not so sure. How many attacks by dangerous dogs have their been? I’m certain that the Ridgewood Police Dept. would be aware if there were a potential problem with a specific dog. In that case, I could see the pet owner being subjected to fines or confiscation of a dangerous animal. But $700 for licensing a dog that has yet to pose a danger, based solely on it’s breed seems unreasonable.

  4. Just subject cats to a leash law. There is an orange cat that likes to sun itself on my porch furniture. It kind of grosses me out that someone’s pet is sitting on my furniture. I never allowed my dog on the furniture, and I admit, I am not a cat person.

  5. This is just like declaring North Monroe a “potentially dangerous” road and lowering the speed limit from 35mph to 25mph

    Don’t you know that facts are not required to back up political actions in Ridgewood?

    …especially when they are feel good actions and have the potential to raise revenue and oppress residents?

  6. My fish are next ( no they’re not pirhanna’s)

  7. I often see residents walking dogs with a muzzle-type leash. Obviously their owners must be aware of potential aggression issue within their dogs. The dogs I’ve seen weren’t the “potentially dangerous” breeds either. Just your standard Golden Retriever. Yet, I would consider these to be responsible pet owners. They are taking the necessary precautions to avoid a problem. But wouldn’t these then be considered “potentially dangerous” dogs as well, no matter what their breed?

  8. I think that dogs are not technically dangerous. They just become dangerous based on how they are trained. So if people start training their dogs to not be aggressive then they will become as sweet as any other dog.

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