Resident following up on new animal control plan

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

City reports twice as many calls last month after plan announced

The conversation about the city of Cassville’s animal control ordinance continued this month, with Nadean Davis again addressing the council and making a new request.

Davis, whose daughter, Kristie Preddy, was mauled by two dogs in August 2018, has addressed the animal control ordinance every month since except for December, when she had a medical emergency and a friend addressed the council in her place.

Davis said in the past two weeks, she has seen one dog chasing a man on a bike by the school, and another dog, which had a collar, crossing Main Street by her church.

She asked what she should do about those situations, and Mayor Bill Shiveley said to call the 911 building’s non-emergency number at 417-847-4911 and report the loose animals.

Davis said a woman in her neighborhood who previously balked at leashing her dog had it on a leash when walking recently, but when she saw the dog again in another’s yard, the leash was off.

“If a dog is off a leash and off its property, that dog is considered at large [even if the owner is present],” Shiveley said. “We have had twice as many calls in the last month [since announcing our plan to curb loose dogs.]

The plan proposed by the council called for a more active enforcement of laws on the books.

Alderman Jon Horner said two weeks ago, he called police regarding a loose dog.

“I called in an aggressive dog a couple weeks ago, and the police responded promptly and handled the situation well,” he said. “It was an accident and the owner was warned, but it was handled well.”

Alderman Jerry Marple said he called in a couple loose dogs last week.

“The police showed up within minutes, but by that point, the dogs were gone.”

City officials were upbeat that the increased calls and better understanding of the ordinance among residents will help stop dogs from running loose and possibly attacking residents.

Davis also submitted another request to the council.

“We go to court this week with the woman who owned the dogs that attacked my daughter,” Davis said. “I want an ordinance that says if a person is convicted of a crime involving a vicious dog that that person may no longer own an animal in city limits anymore.”

Davis said the owner of the dogs that attacked Preddy, which were put down, now has three more dogs and has had other incidents with those dogs.

Shiveley asked City Administrator Steve Walensky to contact the city attorney and see if such an ordinance would be possible.

Davis said she wants to put the dogs issue to rest, and as she returned to her seat, she said she would still be at meetings for a while.

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