Akron will be taking a serious look at its procedure and policy changes to animal control in the wake of the pit bull attack on the city's east side last Wednesday.
Director of Neighborhood Assistance for the City of Akron John Valle tells AkronNewsNow.com the city still needs to coordinate with the police department before making any changes.
"We want to meet with the Akron Police Department, and we want to talk about some rules, policies and procedures we discussed Friday morning," Valle said.
Once that is done, the city will notify the public as to what changes, if any will be implemented. The changes are likely to be announced later in the week.
Three people including two children were bit by a loose pit bull near the intersection of Dietz and Stanton avenues.
A 6-year old suffered several serious bite wounds and was hospitalized along with the other individuals.
Valle says the dog warden did not show up the night of the incident, but said he followed proper procedure.
"Our animal control officer followed proper protocol," Valle explained.
"The dog was not harming anyone any longer, it was the owner's property and the owner had the animal inside his residence."
Current policy states a judge would have to issue a search warrant for a dog warden to take an animal away from a home.
Residents in the neighborhood are upset about the situation and want to see something done about the dog and the animal control policy, but Valle says the situation hasn't been good for the city.
"That gives the department a black eye, I don't like that kind of negative publicity, but it's something we have to deal with and make sure that we don't have these types of situations in the future."
Ward 7 Councilman Donnie Kammer tells AkronNewsNow.com says he would like to see the city increase the number of animal wardens to effectively deal with dangerous animals.
"I'd like to see maybe if we could get one or two more animal control wardens or even collaborate with Summit County and their animal wardens too," Kammer said.
The incident happened in Kammer's ward, where he says he hasn't got many calls from residents regarding dog attacks.
Kammer says the dog owners need to be held responsible if they get loose and start attacking.
"I think we need to hold these dog owners more accountable because we can't have these dogs getting loose and running the neighborhood, so they need to be held accountable for their actions."
The dog's owner, Andre Brown was cited for letting the dog run loose and is scheduled to appear in court. Tuesday.