Dangerous Dog Addresses in Orange County, Calif., May Soon Appear On Internet Map

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Orange County, Calif., may soon have an online Dangerous Dog Map that will pinpoint the exact location where the county’s estimated 150 vicious and potentially dangerous dogs reside.

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

Orange County code defines a “potentially dangerous dog” as one that attacks or attempts to attack a person on two separate occasions within a three-year period.

A “vicious” dog is defined as one that has killed or seriously maimed a person, Orange County Animal Care Director Ryan Drabek said.

Dog-bite reports in OC have risen slightly from 2,281 in 2011 to 2,384 in 2012.

“We would like residents to know where those dogs are just as a public safety precaution,” Drabek told NBC.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the item on Dec. 17.

The cities that contract with Orange County for animal services include: Anaheim, Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park and Yorba Linda. Some unincorporated areas would also appear on the map.

A Dangerous Dog Map was introduced in Knox County, Tenn., in May of 2013.

Dangerous Dog Addresses Made Public on Sheriff's Interactive Map

In May of 2013, Knox County, Tenn., introduced its Welcome to the Dangerous Dog Map, designed to track court-declared dangerous dogs in Knox County neighborhoods.

Identifying neighborhoods with dangerous dogs just got a whole lot easier thanks to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s new interactive map, Knox News reported.

It works like an online sex-offender registry. The map shows not only where the dogs live, but also what they did and what they look like.

According to Knox County ordinance 6-71, a dangerous dog means any dog that has been designated as such by the county general session’s court. All information is public once the owner has been cited to court and the case has been adjudicated.

Sources: NBC LA, Mercury News, OV