City Council to release proposed policies for irresponsible dog owners

This is in response after a series of brutal dog attacks last year including two that turned deadly.

SAN ANTONIO — A release of proposed policies aimed at irresponsible dog owners is expected Wednesday after a series of brutal dog attacks last year where two turned deadly.

Now one councilwoman is pushing for harsher punishments, especially for repeat offenders.

There are three proposals that will be shared, covering penalties, sterilization and reporting.

Topics the District 7 councilwoman says need to be tougher. It’s also part of a promise she made to the Najera family.

Marina Alderete Gavito got connected to Ramon Najera after he lost his father to a dog attack last year.

The 81-year old was mauled to deaths by two dogs that had escaped their property. Then months later, Beatrice de los Santos almost lost her husband.

He survived a brutal attack by his neighbor’s dogs and is now wheelchair bound from his injuries.

Both families will be present when the councilwoman makes her announcment Wednesday.

Alderete Gavito is pushing for tougher fines for owners of dogs that repeatedly break loose. She also wants Animal Care Serrvices to sterilize pets roaming off their property and protect people who report dangerous dogs.

Four other council members have sign on in support of the proposals, but Alderete Gavito says her request will have to be presented to a few more committees before its hits the dias.

So possibly in a few months.

Her announcement is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

We will be there and keep you updated on what we learn.


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