City officials in Windsor have taken a lot of unfair ridicule for enforcing the law and designating little Misha, a 3-year-old Chihuahua, as a dangerous dog.
Although she looks pretty in her little pink outfit, Misha showed she had a dark side when she got out of the house, bit a 14-year-old girl walking by and threatened two others until her owner’s stepfather pulled her away.
Dangerous dog laws should not have a weight requirement any more that they should have a breed requirement. Chihuahuas and Poodles should not be above the law any more than a Doberman, a Rottweiler or a Pit Bull.
Being on the dangerous dog registry means her owners must put a sign in her yard warning that a dangerous dog lives there. They must have a microchip implanted identifying her as dangerous and get liability insurance for at least $1 million. Misha must be muzzled in public.
What I find disturbing about the story is the attitude of Misha’s owner, Kristin Lees, 22, toward the situation.
"It think it's hilarious," said Lees. "I don't think it's right. If you can't protect yourself from this dog . . . It's an eight-pound dog. It blew my mind. How are you going to claim this dog is a dangerous dog? I'm not going to walk my dog down the street with a muzzle. That's what they're telling me I have to do."
Yes, honey, that’s what happens when your dog makes an unprovoked attack. Dangerous dog laws are about the actions of the dog, not the breed or weight.
Lees has appealed the designation and the Windsor Licensing Commission will make a decision next month. I hope the appeal is not based on just Misha’s cuteness.