The village council in Ridgewood, NJ has approved of a new ordinance that require owners of dogs that are tagged as “potentially dangerous” to pay up to $700 in annual licensing fees.
While the fees aren’t stuck to a specific breed, breed bias could clearly become apparent via the new law. The label for a dangerous dog would be decided in a municipal court.
The impact of the fees could mean less adoption of dogs. Some might consider the law unfair, as the exact parameters for a dangerous label are not disclosed.
The change was in response to an allegedly unprovoked attack by a dog in December.
Written by Lauren Varga