The city of Lynn has proposed new laws regarding the ownership of pit bulls that attempt to limit the number of pit bulls per household and require in-depth registration procedures, complete with a fee.
The proposal, which refers to pit bulls as dangerous and aggressive animals, requires owners to register their pet and pay a $50 fee.
The registration process will require owners to list a description of the dog and provide a health background, The Daily Item of Lynn reported.
The proposal also calls for a separate form for landlords to give permission for the animal to reside at an address and specifies that no more than two pit bulls reside at any one address.
Owners of pit bulls in Lynn would also be required to make sure their pets are safely secured by a leash or muzzle when taken out in the city's public places.
Pit bull owners who do not abide by regulations if the law passes will be subjected to penalties, which could involve the animal being impounded.
The proposal, pitched by Council President Timothy Phelan and Ward 1 Councilor Wayne Lozzi, was a result of two pit bull attacks on Memorial Day weekend, one attack involving a 6-month-old infant.
A City Council hearing on the proposal will be held July 13 and will be open to the public.