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

In an effort to tighten countywide animal regulations, commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to a pair of proposals concerning so-called ‘dangerous dogs’ and their owners.

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Under a proposal by Commissioner Sally Heyman owners of dogs deemed ‘dangerous’ will be required to carry $50,000 in insurance in case the dog attacks someone.  It also allows 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 will have its mug shot and biography posted in the county’s “dangerous dog” registry. Residents who train dogs to fight or abuse them will be now be fined $1,000 which is double the current penalty.  Owners of dogs which attacks, bites or chases a human in a “menacing fashion” will also be fined $1,000.

Fines for repeat offenders would increase to $2,000 per incident or more.

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While the county already has a ‘dangerous dog’ ordinance, the proposals expand regulations for aggressive dogs and increase penalties for irresponsible or abusive owners.




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CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed this report.