Officials May Require Local Dogs to be Microchipped
Rockford - In the wake of high-profile dog attacks in Rockford, a study of Winnebago county animal services dog bite records show that pit bulls are far and away the biggest canine offender.
That has Rockford aldermen calling for steep fines and others calling for local dogs to be microchipped.
Gary Longanecker, interim director of Winnebago County Animal Services said that his office has handled 36 percent more pit bull attacks this year.
From 2002 through April 2003, Winnebago County Animal Services recorded 692 dog-bite reports. Of those reports, 144, or 21 percent, involved pit bulls. German shepherds were a distant second, making up 12 percent of the bite reports.
Rockford Register Star, Rockford IL, May 07, 2003, p. 1