Animal Task Force members advocate for animal control officer
Several citizens attended the council meeting Tuesday night to advocate the hiring of an animal control officer.
Three members of the Animal Task Force, the group tasked with creating and recommending a comprehensive ordinance on animal safety in Newton, voiced their concerns about having an ordinance but not having an officer solely dedicated to enforcing the ordinance.
Dixie Cassidy, a member of the task force, told the council a story about how she was stalked by a dog while going on a walk through her neighborhood. She said she wants to feel safe in the community and that current Newton police officers shouldn’t be solely responsible for enforcing an animal ordinance.
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