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May 23, 2013

Marion County supervisors to discuss animal control

In light of recent dog attacks in other counties, Marion County Supervisor Craig Agan asked for current local regulations to be discussed at Tuesday’s regular meeting last week. He would like to see a committee formed to further examine the issue.

According to Agan, he has spoken to Environmental Health Director Cory Frank. Frank has indicated that some changes should be made to the County’s policies.

Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said the Iowa Code gives officers the right to euthanize an animal if it is attacking livestock, people or other animals. Action can be taken for personal protection and to protect property. Sandholdt stressed that he and his deputies are not interested in killing people’s pets, but rather to serve and protect.

“We don’t want to destroy someone’s pet,” Sandholdt said.

Marion County Attorney Ed Bull said he was advised by the Attorney General’s Office that a county ordinance cannot allow the County to take stronger action than the State. Civil liability to the County also exists in dangerous animal cases.

Discussion was closed with no action taken.

In other board discussion, a special event permit application was approved for the Knoxville Farmers’ Market. Maintenance Director Cal Stephens had questions about where the market needed electricity, where canopies would be erected and other questions.

“More information would be helpful,” Stephens said. Supervisor Mark Raymie wanted to give Stephens the authority to dictate the placement of the Farmers’ Market vendors. Board Chairman Jim Kingery agreed.

“As long as we’ve got you to oversee that, I think it’s a good idea,” Kingery said. The board will enforce the $100 damage deposit as well.

Other supervisors’ notes:

-Approved a site plan for the Lake View Camp and Conference Center. This will be located on Highway T-17 in Tracy.

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