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Spring brings more roaming animals in Paradise

March 25th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Brandon Hadley

PARADISE — The Town Council met with Cache County animal control officer John Hester Wednesday to discuss the town’s contract with animal control and to address the problem of loose dogs roaming the streets.

“A few folks don’t think they should have to keep them tied up,” said Hester. Paradise has seen an increase of dogs in the streets as the weather warms up. “

Dogs are starting to roam now,” said Hester. “They’re running around causing problems. We’ve already picked up four or five.”

Hester assured the council that the dogs the town has been having problems with are gone. Oftentimes first offenses result in a warning from Hester. Citizens can be cited for further offenses or if their dog bites someone.

The council and Hester agreed that the main problem is dogs. “I don’t want to start picking up cats,” Hester said. Animal control generally doesn’t deal with cats unless it’s a rabies situation.

The council said their main concern is keeping children safe as they are out riding their bikes and to keep dogs off of farms.

The contract Paradise has with Hester and animal control expires around the end of March and the beginning of April. Hester said he’d like to renew the contract for another year. “I can be gotten a hold of and get out here pretty easy,” said Hester.

In other business, the council voted unanimously to sign a declaration officially making April Child Abuse Awareness Month. They also met with representatives of Zions Bank and discussed the benefits of switching to their services. They also met with Reed Tams, cemetery board member, and discussed the logistics of installing a fence at the north end of the town cemetery.


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