Flint gets tougher on owners of dogs that attack

Flint's state-appointed emergency manager has approved a new ordinance that makes jail time a possibility for owners of dogs that attack.

Darnell Earley signed an ordinance revision last month making the owners of dogs that attack people or other canines subject to penalties of up to 90 days in jail, a fine of at least $250 or a minimum of 240 hours of community service.

City Attorney Peter Bade says the ordinance is unchanged from a version approved by the Flint City Council. It takes effect Aug. 1, making a violation a misdemeanor. The ordinance amendment calls vicious dogs a "serious and widespread threat" in Flint.

An earlier proposal for the ordinance drew opposition because it singled out pit bulls, but that was changed.