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A newly appointed animal ordinance task force will hold its first of two public hearings Wednesday night in Galesburg.

Councilman Jeremy Karlin says the task force needs to hear from residents about their problems with dangerous dogs before there can be any solution --

"We're just trying to gather information, get a good sense of what's happening on the streets in terms of dog bites and whether or not enforcement is uniform."

The task force is a diverse group with representatives from the city, the health department and the humane society. There's also a retired veterinarian, a pet store owner and Galesburg residents.

"We're trying to balance personal responsibility, property rights and public safety," said Karlin.

Residents are already weighing in.

Bob Bondi says the responsibility lies with the dog owner --

"When you have a car, or you have a gun, you understand you have responsibilities," said Bondi. "Those animals can really be quite aggressive."

Samantha agrees but hopes there will be more talk of a city dog park --

"They can socialize their dogs to be better around other dogs and people," Admire said. "Socialization is a big key I think."

Galesburg residents began to push for changes to current animal control laws after an attack that killed 7-year-old Ryan Maxwell on March 2.

The public hearing take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers. The next hearing will take place on May 16.