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MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Medford City Council is considering a three strikes law targeting the owners of dangerous dogs.

Under a proposed ordinance, dog owners convicted of three or more violations in a year could be fined up to $1,000 and time in jail.

The violations include cases where in which a dog inflicts injury on a person or animal.

The Mail Tribune newspaperreports the proposed rules are an outgrowth of complaints that dogs and people have been attacked in Medford, particularly in city parks.

The council earlier this year considered a breed-specific ordinance that would target pit bulls, but backed down after receiving complaints.

Medford police Chief Tim George says the theme of the new proposal is to punish the deed, not the breed.

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