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City, Humane Society negotiations continue

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Negotiations continue between the City of Brazil and the Humane Society.

The city has offered to fund the animal shelter with $22,000 for 2006, but that offer was declined, Mayor Tom Arthur said before the city council meeting on Tuesday. He expects a new proposal from the Humane Society board soon.

During the meeting, Barbara Martin told the city council that a stray dog problem continues in Brazil.

Martin said she was confronted by six dogs while walking with her walker from the couple's home to their 5th-wheel trailer on Tennessee Street.

"I hit one of the dogs with my walker," she said. "they almost knocked me down."

Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said his department has ticketed the dogs' owners, "which is all we can do."

Mrs. Martin recently had a stroke and uses her walker as well as breathing with the aid of an oxygen tank.

"Isn't there a kennel law?" she asked.

Mayor Tom Arthur said he researched the City's Code back to 1982 and could find no law, though Deputy Clerk Wallace said she remembered such a law being enacted.

A kennel law limits the number of dogs allowed in a residence, unless the property owners operate a kennel business. Kennels are exempt from dog taxes.

The city council is looking more closely at the city's animal control ordinance, the mayor said.

"I wish somebody would do something with them," Mrs. Martin replied.

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