The Animal Review Committee is part of the City of Newton's Vicious, Dangerous, and Problematic Dogs Ordinance. The committee must include at least one community member, an animal professional, and a city employee.
Animal professionals must have experience or education in a profession that primarily involves handling, maintaining, or training animals. This would include veterinarians, veterinary techs, animal trainers, groomers, boarding professionals, and others in the animal field.
There are no special knowledge or experience requirements for citizen representatives, but an understanding of animals and their behavior would be helpful.
The committee convenes only when there is an appeal to a vicious or problematic dog declaration. The committee hears all evidence related to the incident and determines whether the declaration is amended, overturned, or confirmed as written.