Owners of Dog Attacked By Shepherds Want Ordinance Change

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Lake Tahoe couple is questioning Washoe County's animal control laws after their dog died from injuries suffered in an attack by two larger dogs last month.

According to Washoe County Animal Services, James Gaither of Incline Village was walking his 8-year-old dog, Bertie, at about 9:45 p.m. on April 20 when a pair of 2-year-old German shepherds attacked.

Gaither was bitten by the dogs and his wife, Bonnie, told the Sierra Sun that Bertie had his skin ripped off.

Steve Miller, the owner of the German shepherds, received four citations with fines totaling $400 and was required to quarantine his dogs for 10 days in accordance with the county ordinance.

The Gaithers want the ordinance changed to require euthanization of any dog that attacks others unprovoked.