SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved an ordinance changing how vicious dogs will be defined and handled.

The ordinance institutes the definition of a dangerous canine and procedures on how to deal with them. Officials considered but rejected a proposal to create a website that would allow residents to see where dogs have been cited in 17 area cities.

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Some pets will be able to be released back to their owners during an investigation, which would save the county money in animal care.

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Under the plan, dangerous dogs will be labeled Level 1, 2 or 3, with Level 3 animals set to be euthanized.

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Owners of Level 3 dogs will be able to request a hearing with decisions appealable to County Superior Court, officials said.