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Cedar City Cracks Down on Truant Pooches

Cedar City Cracks Down on Truant Pooches



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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Cedar City officials are trying to crack down on dogs running loose and causing nuisances -- some have even killed livestock.

The city recently passed new ordinances that include higher fines for owners if their dogs are found running free.

Recently two loose dogs attacked a family's pet goats, killing one of them.

The new Iron County ordinance states that dogs allowed to run at large may be destroyed by the sheriff's office.

It also says the owner could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $300. Vicious dogs-at-large may incur higher fines, and their owners would be required to pay restitution for damaged property.

The dogs that attacked the goats were taken to an animal shelter. They were returned to their owners who were cited with hefty fines.

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Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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