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Vote on tougher Cincinnati dog ordinance being delayed

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.  

A spokesman for Mayor John Cranley said the issue is being held for a week to get clarification on enforcement provisions in the proposal.  

The spokesman said there's some "uncertainty about how it would be enforced and the mayor's office wants to make sure it's workable."

The compromise ordinance includes stricter fines for people who fail to obey the city's leash law and let their animals run unattended.  It also will require owners to have insurance if their dogs are categorized as dangerous or vicious.

If the ordinance is adopted a simple violation will carry a $50 fine, but issues that result in serious injuries could carry penalties of anywhere from $200 to $15,000.

The committee Monday rejected another plan for pitbulls to be registered with the city and wear special collars.