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SAFETY TEAM REPORT DEVOTED TO ANIMAL ISSUES 1-16-13 LMS
The city’s Public Safety Team postponed discussing complaints about the city deer herd when they met January 9 because the person making the complaint was unable to attend however other animals were a topic of much discussion according to team chairman, Councilman Ken Hill.
He told the January 16 meeting of the Salmon City Council that Humane Society representatives, Sheriff Lynn Bowerman and City Police Chief KV Felker met with the team to start finding ways of either enforcing existing laws against animal abuse and/or to write new rules regarding that behavior. Hill said writing new penalties was the preferred route, penalties that would result in monetary fines.
Problems being experienced at present involve lack of enforceable regulations and the lack of a uniform set of procedures to follow when an animal abuse complaint is made. Humane Society President Cindy Phelps presented statistics on the number of incidents reported to the Animal Shelter and graphic evidence from some of the abuse cases investigated.
Hill said the general consensus was that the next step will be to review the current laws with an eye towards creating regulations containing ticketing penalties rather than the present process of court fines and misdemeanor prosecution. He said the group felt getting the county to adopt the same types of rules would go a long way towards resolving the problems and added that since the team meeting, those involved have met with the County Commissioners.
Hill said when proposals for new regulations are completed they will be presented to the council and to the commissioners.
The next meeting of the Public Safety Team will be February 13, at 5:15 PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.
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