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Some special Dayton police officers will be better equipped soon.

Five Dayton police dogs are getting new ballistic vests.

Members of Dayton Women of the Moose, Chapter 9 were inspired by a program called Protect the Protectors, but decided to put their own spin on things.


After months of debate, Cincinnati Council gave final approval Wednesday to a compromise ordinance targeting people who let their dangerous or vicious dogs run loose in the city.  The proposal includes tougher fines for owners, but it does not have any criminal sanctions such as jail time.

Council has been debating the city's dog laws after a six-year-old girl was severely injured in a dog attack last summer.

 Council Member Kevin Flynn said the goal is to correct the bad behavior of the owner.

UPDATE:  Council may now in fact vote on the dog ordinance Wednesday.  Mayor's spokesperson said if the city's Law Department can make some last minute changes in time, will happen today.

Original post: The full Cincinnati Council will likely not vote on an ordinance Wednesday to crackdown on people who do not control their dangerous or vicious dogs.  The Law and Public Safety Committee approved a compromise proposal Monday.  

Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on an ordinance to crack down on people who do not control their vicious or dangerous dogs.

A compromise proposal will include higher fines for people who break the law and setup an animal task force to study the issues.  Earlier plans included criminal sanctions, including jail time, but those were removed.

The Law and Public Safety Committee also rejected a plan to require pitbull owners to register their dogs and have them wear special identification collars.

The Cincinnati Council debate on what to do about dangerous and vicious dogs in the city will continue for another two weeks.  The Law and Public Safety Committee Tuesday delayed taking action of several proposals.  

Chairman Christopher Smitherman said Mayor John Cranley has some items he would like considered before a vote.  Smitherman said his position on the issue has not changed.

  A recent horrific attack on a young girl by pit bulls has increased calls for banning or severely regulating the dogs. At the same time, many municipalities here and across the country are eliminating breed-specific regulations.

Update: additonal information and links added.

On Sunday, June 8th, the Over the Rhine Chamber of Commerce will begin its ninth year of Second Sunday on Main - the eclectic neighborhood street festival on Main Street in OTR.

Second Sunday celebrations have something for everyone - including the family pet! 

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

For young children fighting serious illnesses and practically living in a hospital, life can be very ruff, er, rough. Studies show interacting with animals boosts spirits and helps patients heal. Now Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is building a Family Pet Center to reunite long-term patients with the own pets.

The hospital says it is the first pediatric hospital in the country to build such a facility.

How Smart are Dogs?

Feb 8, 2013

On the eve of the Westminster Dog Show, everyone believes their dog is smart and you may think yours is the smartest ever. Either way, there is no denying the research that dogs do have an innate intelligence. One man has centered his professional life on researching the intelligence of dogs, and he joins Thane Maynard on the phone. Brian Hare is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center. He’s on the phone to discuss his latest book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think.