Berkeley County briefs

July 07, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Dog ordinance revisions are delayed

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday delayed adoption of rules concerning dog owners' responsibility for their canines' waste after hearing two additional changes proposed by the president of the Berkeley County Humane Society.

Shari Persad lobbied the commission to amend two sections of state code into the county's ordinance, including one that would require owners of female dogs to confine their animal in a building or a secure enclosure for "25 days during the period the female dog is in heat."

"Some owners think chaining it to a doghouse is confining it, but it's like fishing in a bowl for a male dog," Persad said in typed remarks she later released to the media.

Persad also asked the commission to amend a section of state code pertaining to spaying or neutering of dogs and cats as a means to more strictly enforce the law.


"I would like to see every person not complying ... to be issued a summons to appear in court and be held accountable for this violation," Persad said of the spay and neuter law.

The dog waste amendment proposes fining owners for allowing their canines to leave waste on public or private property, but Persad questioned how that change could be readily enforced.

The commissioners will schedule a public hearing in August to consider the additional changes.

County auction scheduled for today

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Vehicles, wood and metal desks, bookcases, file cabinets, chairs, computer towers and monitors, and a number of other surplus items owned by the Berkeley County government will be auctioned today at 9 a.m., officials have announced.

The auction will be in the parking lot of the former CVS Pharmacy and Martin's Food Market in the 400 block of South Raleigh Street.

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