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Orange County considers mapping home locations of dangerous dogs
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SANTA ANA  (AP) — Orange County is weighing whether to create an online map pinpointing dangerous dogs in more than a dozen cities.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the issue on Dec. 17.

The proposed website would allow residents to click and see where dogs have been cited in 17 cities including Anaheim, Fullerton and Huntington Beach, the Orange County Register reported Sunday.

“Anyone who has a vicious dog should probably have their head examined in the first place,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said during a meeting in September. “Why would you even want a vicious dog? But assuming you do, the public has a right to know you have it.”

According to county ordinance, a vicious dog is defined as one that has killed or seriously maimed a person.

After an attack, animal control officers launch an investigation, talk to witnesses, check records and find out if there have been other unreported attacks, Orange County Animal Care Director Ryan Drabek said.

“Any time a bite to a human happens a dog has to be quarantined for up to 10 days, either at its home or here at the shelter,” Drabek told the newspaper.

Dog-bite reports have risen slightly in the county. Last year, 2,384 dogs reportedly bit people in Orange County, an increase from 2,281 in 2011, Drabek said.

The online map would show residents where the county’s estimated 150 vicious and potentially dangerous dogs reside.

Some people think the county should have behavior training for dogs instead of shaming them on the Internet.

“They’re labeling the dogs and not the owners, and they’re putting dogs on death row at that point. The owner needs to accept responsibility because most of the time they don’t care,” said Leonard Ludovico, a dog behavior specialist.

But Board Chairman Shawn Nelson had a different view.

“I don’t want that dog in my neighborhood or anyone else’s,” Nelson said. “I don’t want vicious dogs in neighborhoods period.”