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City council approves findings of fact for dangerous dog

The Austin City Council Monday unanimously approved the findings of fact declaring a dangerous dog and ordering its destruction, setting the clock in motion for the eventual killing of the animal.


At its April 2 meeting, the council denied owner Susan Strack's appeal of the dangerous dog declaration and voted that the dog should be destroyed. By now approving the findings of fact and order, the dog will be held for 14 days from the date the order is served to Strack, before the dog is destroyed.

Strack's appeal for her dog, filed March 21, came after it killed another dog on March 9. A Yorkshire terrier died from injuries it suffered after Strack's pit bull attacked it. The pit bull also bit a man who was walking the leashed Yorkie on a sidewalk along 10th Avenue Northeast, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger.

Had the council chosen the option to declare the dog dangerous but that it should not be destroyed, Strack would have needed to comply with a long list of regulations, including a proper enclosure, warning signs and proof annually of a minimum $300,000 insurance policy.

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