Consumers Energy Toughens Dog Policy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan utility says a new policy requires people to restrain or contain all dogs before gas or electric meters will be read.

Consumers Energy announced Tuesday that the policy is designed to keep meter readers safe on the job following an increase in dog bites. The CMS Energy Corp. unit says bites have even come from dogs that have in the past exhibited no aggressive behavior.

The utility also says customers with dogs that have exhibited aggressive behavior and who have bitten or injured an employee will only have their meter read with a police escort.

Customers also may read their own meter and give the information to the utility.


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  • by Name Location: Location on May 14, 2013 at 08:52 AM
    Whenever people say, "Oh don't worry, my dog doesn't bite" are being morons. All dogs can and will bite, it just depends on the circumstance. If you care abotu your pet, you would be more than happy to restrain it so that there is no possible way it could attack someone else. What is more important: your dog's ability to run around unrestrained regardless of the circumstance, or you not having to pay thousands in fines, having to put down your now "dangerous" dog, and getting sued by the person your dog bit?
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