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Waterloo City Council passes animal ordinance changes

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The Waterloo City Council passed changes Monday night to the animal control ordinance after several dog attacks last summer.

The changes strengthen penalties against dog owners for having potentially dangerous or vicious dogs.

Council members say the changes aren't perfect and are willing to tweak it more.

The changes aren't specific to any breed and would increase fines against owners for dangerous dog violations.

Some pit bull owners say they approve of the changes and are glad city leaders listened to all sides of the debate.

"I think the ordinance is great. What they've come up with and how the city has worked with the public to determine how to put together something has been great. We really like that it's a breed neutral ordinance and all dogs are treated the same as far as that goes and the emphasis has been put on taking care of the irresponsible owners," said Holly Frein-Harman, co-director of Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue.

The changes don't take effect quite yet.

The ordinance also cracks down on home breeding.

It would require anyone whose dog or cat has a litter of more than two to register it with animal control and pay a $50 fee.

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