Animal control measure approved

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance Monday that imposes a fine on people who do not control their dangerous animals.
As a proponent of the ordinance, District 2 Supervisor Jeff Patterson emphasized that enacting this dangerous animal ordinance was not a leash law for the county.
County resident Chuck Kleve was one of the citizens who told supervisors in January that vicious dogs roamed his neighborhood and asked for the Dog and Dangerous Animal Ordinance to be enacted.
With the new ordinance, which takes effect immediately, individuals may file a sworn affidavit with the county against the owner of an animal – most often a dog – that is vicious, injured, neglected or abandoned.
Authorities could then catch and impound the animal for five days to be claimed by the owner.
The owner is subject to a $25 fine for the first offense; $50 for the second offense; $100 for the third offense and on up to a maximum of $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
If anyone uses the ordinance to harass someone by filing false claims, the measure will be repealed, said District 3 Supervisor Jeff Rencher and District 1 Supervisor Keith Fields.
“Those animals that attack you when you go up and down on the public roads don’t have more rights than a human being,” Kleve said. “They just don’t.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com