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New animal control ordinance

January 31, 2001

New animal control ordinance

see also: Animal control ordinance adopted


The new animal control ordinance adopted by the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday:

- Increases the cost of dog license fees, effective July 1. The cost of a license for a spayed dog increases from $3 to $5. A license for a nonspayed dog jumps from $6 to $15.

- Clarifies the responsibilities of the five-member Animal Control Authority board. The board will have the authority to issue civil fines as well as to order animals to be confined or euthanized.

- Gives new powers to Humane Society officers. They will be able to make the determination of whether an animal is vicious and keep it in custody until the citizen board can convene an emergency meeting.

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- Calls on animal control officers to investigate every case petitioned to the board and to testify at the hearing.

- Eliminates criminal penalties, which were imposed, although rarely, under the existing ordinance. The county does not have the authority to allow a board to impose criminal penalties, he said.

- Adds definitions of pet shops to the ordinances.

Source: Washington County Attorney Richard Douglas

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