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UPDATE: Waterloo City Council proposing pit bull rules Tuesday

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A proposed ordinance specifically targeting pit bulls will be brought up at the Waterloo City Council after two pit bull attacks occurred last Tuesday.

Two people were injured in the attacks last week -- 65-year-old Vivien Brookman and 13-year-old William McNealy.

Last Tuesday, Brookman was on her morning walk when she was attacked by the dogs. She suffered 200 bites, but is now recovering at home.

Brookman said she felt like she was being eaten alive after she was attacked by the three dogs Tuesday morning. However, she said she is against the ordinance proposed Tuesday night.

A dog owner herself, she hopes the owner of the dogs that attacked her gets punished. She says there needs to be more responsibility when owning a pet.

Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark said the proposed ordinance is straightforward, targeting the pit bull breed alone. It includes the following:

  • Every pit bull must have a special license to be within city limits
  • All must be spayed or neutered
  • All must be current on rabies vaccinations
  • All must be micro-chipped

The City Council is also discussing a limit on how many pit bulls one person can have. Clark said the number in mind as of now is two.

The council is also working with dog rescues to determine how it will handle strays.

Clark says the fine is severe for owners who would violate any stipulation in the proposed ordinance.

There will be a City Council work session open to the public Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. The regular council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. The proposed ordinance is being discussed and presented to the council Tuesday, and will appear on the agenda in next week's City Council meeting.

Hear from Brookman tonight on the KWWL News at 5 and 6.

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