Gaining control

County approves new animal control rules

A vote on a new animal control ordinance at Tuesday’s county board session brought out long-simmering rural versus city issues regarding regulating residents.
For many years the county had an ordinance against animals running at large, but it was indadvertedly removed from the ordinance book when the code book was updated several years ago. “It was in the code. It was taken out of the code with no good reason,” said board member Lester Lewis.
Sheriff Larry Woebbeking said the ordinance was a tool law enforcement could use to force people to keep their animals contained.
“It is a tool for us to get compliance, it is not intended for dog hunting or anything like that,” Woebbeking said addressing concerns raised that the ordinance would allow tickets to be issued to bear-dog hunters.

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