Mount Prospect May Begin Allowing ‘Vicious’ Dogs Out For Walks

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (CBS) — Northwest suburban Mount Prospect soon may give the owners of vicious dogs and other animals a bit more leash.

Since 2006, animals declared vicious by the village cannot be exercised outside. The only time they are allowed out is to go straight to the car for grooming or a visit to the vet.

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To date, about 25 pets have been deemed vicious under the ordinance, all dogs.

The decisions are made by Police Chief John Dahlberg, who said one such owner convinced him last summer that a change was needed.

“The owner spent quite a bit of time in my office with me one night and said, ‘Do you realize that I won’t be able to walk this dog for the next 10 or 12 years?'” he said.

So he has asked trustees to approve a change that would allow walks, but only if the animal is muzzled, is walked by an adult and is controlled by a three-point harness, not a collar. Any animal that fouls up a second time would once again be confined inside — and Dahlberg says it would be permanent.

Dahlberg said, since the existing law was put in place, no animal has “reoffended,” although he said one of the dogs bit two people before the ordinance took effect and a third since then.

He said trustees appeared open to the change at a committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, and said he expects action by the village board next month.

Trustee Arlene Juracek said she believed that board is in agreement on the issue.

“What the chief has proposed is a reasonable compromise between protecting the public, who in the past have had some issues with certain vicious dogs, but also realizing that if you sentence a dog to confinement for the rest of its life, you’re not really doing anything for the quality of life or the socialization of that dog,” she said.

  • GrammarCop

    If you want to make an already aggressive dog more aggressive…deprive him of exercise…what an uninformed and potentially dangerous decision!!! The muzzle is a logical solution.

  • Lyndia

    I do not love or hate animals but my God, if you have vicious creatures, don’t common sense tell u 1. It is dangerous. 2. Since you love the ugly things, don’t be surprise when they eat your azz up. 3. If you vicious dog comes on my property, …………………………..

  • blb

    Leashes should not be required because according to every vicious dog owner their dog is sweet and wouldn’t hurt anybody.

  • PsdNMP

    Our dog was on this vicious dog list. Key word WAS! We put him down because locking him in the house or pint size fixed enclosure for the rest of his life is absurd. He was deemed vicious by the almighty vicious dog deemer himself…..Police Chief John Dahlberg whom by the way never even met the dog and was to busy to ever talk to us. He just decided to push his other useless MP Police lackeys on us. Our dog was deemed vicious for biting our neighbor on “our” property in an enclosed back yard. We pleaded and made our points to the MP Police lackeys but all fell on deaf ears. We even went to the point of taking the dog to local professional well known dog trainer, a person that makes his living dealing with dogs. He said that our dog was not vicious at all. I’m glad someone finally got through to these morons that having to confine a dog like that is no life for them and that if they are “truly” vicious, it is not helping the situation any. Unfortunaly in our case it is a little too late, but if it makes the life of the other 24 “vicious” dogs any better, it is well worth it.

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