Carol Crawford told the members that dogs are coming after her and getting into her garbage. She came armed with photos of the dogs just outside her fence running loose.
“I cannot walk my dog in the neighborhood,” Crawford said. “I have actually been nipped.”
Mayor Owen Lowery said the city couldn’t pass a leash law unless it had an animal shelter where officers could take captured animals.
“We don’t have a place,” Lowery said. “The county doesn’t have one.”
Ranburne Police Chief Steve Tucker said there is a state law requiring pet owners to keep their dogs on their property. The state law does allow the city to fine pet owners who allow their dogs to run off their property.
After one complaint, the police notify the pet owner and after a second complaint, they write a ticket, Tucker said. The fine can be up to $50, he said. He said usually just notifying the owner is effective.
“I’ve only issued one ticket and that was years ago,” Tucker said.
Council member Larry Smith asked Crawford if she had approached the owner of the dogs. Crawford said she doesn’t know the owners of several of the problem dogs. However, she said she has not spoken with the owners she can identify because she doesn’t know them well.
“Because of the way I feel, I’m just afraid I’m not going to be as pleasant as I might should be,” she added.
Lowery asked if Crawford could try to talk to the owner she identified and if it doesn’t work, the city would step in and enforce the state law.
“Is that satisfactory to you?” Lowery asked.
In other business the city council:
• Heard the Ranburne Senior Center is serving 35 meals a day – 16 at the center and delivering 19 to the homebound. It has a waiting list of three for delivered meals, said Rebecca Cantrell, director of the center. Lowery asked Cantrell to look into whether the city could get more funding to add the three meals.
• Tucker said he is driving the new police car the city purchased. He asked to keep the old car as a spare. Town Clerk Pam Richardson said she would talk to the insurance company and see how much it would cost to keep the car.
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