City of Parsons to track dogs after they bite residents

Dogs to be micochipped after they bite someone

PARSONS, Kan. – The city of Parsons is trying something new when it comes to handling residents’ pets.

“This became an affordable technology that allows us to track the dog,” says Parsons Public Information Officer Jim Zaleski.

The city has adopted a new microchipping ordinance, that says if a dog bites someone, the dog has to be microchipped.

“Quite often a dog may bite someone. Maybe it’s a one-time occurrence, but then a very similar dog across town appears later on, even a year later, with a little different appearance, we have another biting situation. There’s no way to know if that’s the same dog. So really, this is just being done in the name of safety,” says Zaleski.

Once a dog is microchipped, a judge will decide if the dog is vicious, and after that, further action might be taken. If the dog is deemed vicious, the microchip will cost the owner around 30 dollars. If they aren’t deemed vicious, the city will pay for the microchip.

Residents KOAM talked to off and on camera seem to think it’s a decent idea.

“It would be great if you could go online and, like the offender registry, and see okay, well this neighborhood has this many offender dogs,” says resident Jamie Jones.

Parsons Animal Hospital will do the microchipping, and doctor Eva Dudek hopes it will be a way to make owners more accountable.

The problem with figuring this thing out would be who is gonna deem these dogs vicious? There are a lot of dogs that escape a neglectful situation. They haven’t been socialized, they’re terrified, someone goes to catch them, and they bite someone. That’s not a vicious dog,” says Dudek. “That’s a problem at the other end of the leash, and that needs to be addressed.”

Dudek hopes that it will be successful so that the city will consider removing the breed-specific pit bull ban that’s in place, something she’s been pushing for for more than a year.

“The problem is, there again, on the other end of the leash. And that’s what we need to address,” adds Dudek. “This problem will not go away until we can educate the public.”

Dudek also hopes that more people will get behind the idea of having a full rescue and shelter for surrendered or abandoned animals.

“What we really really need in this area is a real true rescue and adoption center. If we had a true adoption and rescue center, even these vicious dogs that would have to be removed from the city, could be rehabbed, relocated, to a situation where they’re really not vicious, they just did not belong in that home,” says Dudek. “The whole community needs to be involved in that, not just one small group.”