- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A Lafayette woman who narrowly escaped a pit bull attack last summer wants city officials to help reduce the threat of dog attacks.

Sarah Rawlings has suggested changes to the rules for animal ownership but says there’s been little progress by the city.

She tells the Journal & Courier (https://on.jconline.com/1BGj2xn ) she has proposed a steeper fine for owners whose animals injure another animal or a person. She also wants owners of “potentially dangerous” animals, such as dogs bred to fight, to carry at least $100,000 of insurance.

She says she gave her proposal to City Councilwoman Lauren Ahlersmeyer about a year ago.

Lafayette police and animal control officers responded to 72 animal attacks last year. Fifty-three involved people, and 22 involved children.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, https://www.jconline.com

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