Jo Co Commission Adopts Animal Regulations

Johnson County Commission
Johnson County Commission

Fifteen to twenty concerned citizens attended a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed animal regulations Johnson County was looking at adopting.

Discussions from the citizens included concerns over rabies vaccinations and licensing in the county and how those issues would be enforced to whether or not the regulations should be adopted county-wide or if there should be special districts within the county where these regulations would be enforced.

Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman again stressed the regulations are not intended to punish the animals, but give the county some authority to deal with owners of problem or nuisance animals.

Wildeman admitted there may be some tweaking to the regulations that may need to be done in the future, and said that the regulations would be used by law enforcement officials in the county, at their discretion using their common sense, to deal with problems in a reasonable way.

After the citizens gave their opinions, the special hearing was closed and the regular commission meeting was reopened.

Wildeman recused himself from the vote on the matter, but encouraged the rest of the commission to consider adopting the proposed regulations.

Changes were made to the regulations stemming from the previous public hearing last month.

Changes adopted with the regulations:

Section II(G) original language: An Animal Control Officer may enter upon private property to capture any animal alleged to have been at large.

New language: An Animal Control Officer may enter upon private property to capture any animal he has witnessed to be at large.

Section III(A) original language: A fine in the amount of $100 shall be imposed against the owner of such an animal existing as a public nuisance for a first offense. A fine in the amount of $550 shall be imposed for a second offense, and a fine of $750 shall be imposed for a third or subsequent offense.

New language: A minimum fine of $100 shall be imposed against the owner of such an animal existing as a public nuisance for a first offense within one (1) year. A minimum fine of $150 shall be imposed for a second offense within one (1) year, and a minimum fine of $200 shall be imposed for a third or subsequent offense within one (1) year.

For the full list of regulations, go to www.johnsoncountywyoming.org

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