Jo Co Hearing on Animal Regs Draws Concerned Residents

Johnson County Commissioner Smokey Wildeman
Johnson County Commissioner Smokey Wildeman

The Johnson County Commissioners hosted a public hearing to allow concerned residents the opportunity to voice their opinions and make suggestions regarding the proposed animal regulations the commissioners are looking at adopting.

About 25 residents packed the commissioner's office Tuesday afternoon to discuss concerns such as how to define how an animal might “harass” a person, or under what circumstances an animal might be shot or put down.

Also, there seemed to be a universal problem with wording regarding an animal control officer entering private property to capture an alleged at-large animal.

Commissioner Smokey Wildeman told the crowd their concerns were noted and there seemed to be some misconceptions regarding the proposed regulations.

Their concerns, Wildeman said, would be implemented into re-wording or changing some of the proposed regulations and that the commission would like to have more public hearings in the near future to address more concerns and allow more public input. No further action was taken, and public meetings will be scheduled with dates and times advertised.

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