By CITIZEN STAFF
WESTON – Problems with animal abuse, neglect and horses and dogs running at large has resulted in implementation of this city’s first animal control ordinance.
In addition to the council’s approval of an ordinance, Chris Baker has been hired as the city’s animal control officer, said Mayor Camille Larsen.
“We had some people abusing horses this past winter,” she said. “They weren’t feeding them. One may’ve even been killed.”
“We decided to get something in place with a little bit of meat (force), to help the Sheriff’s office and the city,” Larsen said.
Not properly treated and restraining animals can result in issuance of a misdemeanor charge, she said. Fines are set at $25 for the first offense, $35 for the second one and $50 for a third offense, if each infraction occurred within a 12-month period.
A misdemeanor could be charged, primarily for animals running at large, the mayor said.
This story is sponsored by Brady’s Plant Ranch.
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