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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Dog owners in Miami-Dade may soon be facing some hefty fines if Fido goes on the attack.

In an effort to tighten countywide animal regulations, commissioners on Tuesday will discuss two proposals concerning punishments for so-called ‘dangerous dogs’ and their owners.

Under a proposal by Commissioner Sally Heyman owners of dogs deemed ‘dangerous’ would be required to carry $50,000 in insurance in case the dog attacks someone, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald. It would also allow law enforcement officers, in addition to county animal services workers, to confiscate problem dogs.

The second proposal by Commissioner Jose Diaz targets both the animal and the owner. Under it any dog deemed dangerous would have its mug shot and biography posted in the county’s “dangerous dog” registry. Residents who train dogs to fight or abuse them would be fined $1,000 which is double the current penalty. Fines for repeat offenders would increase to $2,000 per incident or more.

While the county already has a ‘dangerous dog’ ordinance, the proposals would expand regulations for aggressive dogs and put new restrictions on irresponsible owners.

CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed to this report.

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