Oct 25, 2010 Elgin considers community service to pay off dog fines

Backing away from BSL does not work.  A breed ban would render these problems moot.

By Harry Hitzeman

Elgin leaders are considering allowing people who violate local ordinances particularly the toughened animal control ordinance to work off fines through community service.
“Those fines are pretty significant. People are just walking away from their dogs and not paying the fine,” City Manager Sean Stegall said. “We needed another avenue.”
“We’re collecting a third of what’s being fined."
Prigge pushed last spring for a law to declare all pit bulls in Elgin to be declared dangerous, which would have triggered a special set of laws applicable to that type of dog, but the city council backed off and strengthened its overall animal control ordinance.

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