Both North Little Rock and Maumelle have similar approaches to handling dog attacks.
North Little Rock Animal Services said, regardless of breed, the city’s policy was that a bite report would need to be filed before an investigation would commence.
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Then investigators would speak to both the victim and the owner of the dog and the city emphasized that euthanization was not automatic for two reasons, first vaccinations and shot records for rabies would need to be recorded and then the dog would need to be observed for a minimum of 10 days as a check on diseases like rabies.
Maumelle’s process, through its Animal Services office, is virtually identical but since Pit Bull breeds aren’t banned there, the dog could be returned to its owner with some strict requirements on muzzling, housing and additional insurance, post-investigation if it had been determined that the dog was considered vicious or dangerous. Those requirements would also kick in if the dog was considered potentially dangerous.
In the recent dog attack case in Maumelle, where two Pit Bull breeds were there, one was euthanized as it was identified as the dog that had bit the victim, while the other was returned to its owner after it was determined it hadn’t bit the victim.