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In order to avoid the village becoming a haven for irresponsible people whose animals have been deemed vicious by another community, Sturtevant trustees are expected to pass a new ordinance to keep that from happening.

The ordinance was introduced after two separate instances involving two different dogs biting a person and attacking another animal, respectively.

Language in the new ordinance references only vicious animals and does not name any particular dog breeds, a point Trustee Carrie Harbach brought up during a meeting last month.

“Dogs are dogs, but how they’re raised and trained falls all the way on their owners,” she said then.

Specifically, the ordinance reads:

Vicious animals may not be brought into the Village. Any other animal brought from another city, village, town or county that has been declared vicious or prohibited or its equivalent by that jurisdiction. Upon finding that an animal is within the Village, its owner shall be required to remove the animal from the Village or have the animal humanely destroyed. The owner of vicious animal must provide written documentation of the vicious animal’s location, address, owner’s name and phone number or documentation from a licensed veterinarian verifying that the animal was humanely destroyed.

Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke said complaints will trigger enforcing the ordinance.

“This will be complaint-driven,” he said. “We’ll research the offending animal using the owner’s previous addresses.”

Members of the Public Safety & Health Committee will discuss the ordinance at the August 11 continual committee meeting, and the full board will vote on it at the August 18 village board meeting. Both meetings begin at 6 p.m. at Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.