Tough New Dog Law Proposed In Lincoln County

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Tuesday is a big day for dog owners in Lincoln County. The Lincoln Fiscal will complete the second reading of a revised dog ordinance. The ordinance seeks to crack down on: habitually noisy dogs, animals that bite adults or children, roam into neighbors' yards, rifle through trash, and become a public nusuiance.

Dogs who meet that criteria can be picked up and impounded at anytime by the dog warden. Once impounded, the dog's owner has seven days to reclaim the animal for a fee. After seven days, anyone can adopt the animal; up until ten days. After the tenth day, the dog could be euthanized.

Euthanasia is an option mentioned several times in the revised ordiance. Impounded animals who are injured or have infectious diseases could also be killed--even before the 10 day wait period.

The ordiance includes many other provisions to provide public safety from animals deemed to be a nuisance.

The Fiscal court meeting to vote this new ordinance could be voted into law is Tuesday, March 11th beginning at 9 a.m. in Stanford.

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