County Plans Mail-Order Fines for Pet Owner Violations

County Plans Mail-Order Fines for Pet Owner Violations

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(South Weber-AP) -- Dissatisfied with the small fines imposed by judges and the high court costs, Davis County Animal Control plans a mail-order fine program to punish animal owners for violations.

DeAnn Hess, director of Animal Services, told the City Council that animals running loose are a consistent problem in South Weber and other cities and there also is a problem with some of the judges imposing small fines.

Now instead of issuing across-the-board citations citing people into court. animal control officers will issue violation notices.

Attached to the violation notice will be, to start with, a very minimal fine. As the violations become more egregious or are repeated, the fines will go up. When the animal owner fails to comply with the violation notices, a citation will be issued.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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