WILLIAMSON – At Thursday’s regular meeting of the Williamson City Council, it was announced that the city will start strict enforcement of the city leash ordinance and will begin working in conjunction with the Mingo County Humane Officer in an effort to curb the stray dog issue.
At a previous council meeting, Lt. Garrett Gregory with the Williamson Fire Department offered to act as the City Human Officer two days per month. Gregory is scheduled to begin training with the County Humane Officer on Monday.
The announcement was made by Councilwoman Judy Hamrick. “We have a leash law in this city and that is going to be enforced…These dogs are either going to be maintained properly or they will be picked up. Just to alleviate your mind a little bit, the shelter has some wonderful connections. They have been able to send many dogs out to no kill shelters and shelters that do foster programs,” Hamrick stated.
“You are allowed to have two dogs. If you have more than two dogs, you have to come down to the city and apply for a permit to have more than two dogs. If you apply for a permit, you have to go through a whole list of things stating that your property can sustain more than two dogs properly. That rule will be enforced. We are going to try to get this dog situation in hand so that people don’t have to worry about dogs biting them. We have several running around that are biting people…” Hamrick continued.
Complaints for the city should first be filed with the Mingo County Humane Officer where they will be passed down to the appointed Williamson Humane Officer. Hamrick explained this stating, “If you have issues with a dog call 304-235-0252. He will fill a request for Williamson. They will be brought here to be given to Mr. Gregory.”
“If they have a real complaint they can stop by my house and tell me. I just may not be able to deal with the problem at that time, but I can file the complaint,” Gregory said.
Hamrick also urged residents to be patient as this program works through the initial start-up stage. “Don’t expect us to be perfect the first week we are out. Give us a little time. This is new for us but we are going to make an effort to make pet ownership responsible.”
“Wish us well. Give us information and give us time to get it done. We hope we will be helpful with this program,” Hamrick concluded.
The next meeting of the Williamson City Council will be held at Williamson City Hall in Council Chambers on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)