The Hailey City Council took steps Monday to repeal an ordinance that outlines legal procedures related to reports of “dangerous animals,” replacing it with a streamlined state law that would reduce the number of court proceedings required to pursue a dangerous animal case.

     “Dangerous animals” are currently defined as those that have inflicted fatal or severe injury on a person without provocation on public or private property or killed or maimed a domestic animal while off the owner or keeper’s property, or any animal that has been observed remaining at large three times in a 12-month period or has been impounded for being unrestrained or uncontrolled off its owner’s premises.

     Under the proposed new state statute, exemptions would exist for attacks by dogs while herding animals on public lands.

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