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‘Vicious dog’ ordinance adopted by Shirley

The town of Shirley now has a “vicious dog” ordinance.

The ordinance was passed unanimously at the City Council’s March 11 meeting.

Deputy Prosecutor Chris Carnahan drew up the ordinance, 2013-01, that regulates dogs.

The ordinance defines a “vicious dog” as one that has “exhibited fierce or vicious behavior toward a person, or that has attacked a person or another animal with such severity as to cause physical injury or property damage.” The definition continues to say that the “above described actions or behaviors should not be considered vicious if the dog was provoked or teased.

The ordinance sets fines for violations at $25 to $250. The complete ordinance may be read on Page 4A of this newspaper.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Johnny Sowell updated the council on the 4th Street project. Resident Hugh Scott McKnight gave his OK for an easement on his property and after plans are firmed for waterline installation and the placement of a fire hydrant, the job will be put out for bids.

The council also began talking about plans for the 2013 Homecoming that takes place in the summer. They will discuss more plans for the annual event at the April 8 regular meeting.

Sowell also told councilors that Modern Woodmen is donating two flagpoles to the city and said he would like to put up some kind of veterans memorial with the poles.

Councilwoman Lisa Hackett said the city’s annual clean-up is set for April 6. Drop-off will again be by the rodeo arena.

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