Well this just burns me up ! !
Vernon Township officials, looking to defray the cost of protecting the public from dogs that the courts have deemed "potentially dangerous," have reintroduced a proposal to charge their owners a special licensing fee of $700 per dog -- the maximum allowed by law.
The proposed ordinance, whose introduction was supported by a 5-0 vote of the Township Council on Monday, will be the subject of a Jan. 22 public hearing, at which time three of the five council members will need to vote for its adoption in order for it to become law.
The proposal, which follows two recently publicized cases of people who suffered serious injury after being bitten by pit bulls, is not breed-specific and would only be enforceable in cases where a court order was issued in accordance with a state statute, 4:19-23, pertaining to potentially dangerous dogs.
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