By Barry Cleveland, Carmi Times
Crossville's Village Board dealt Tuesday night with nuisances of different kinds-weeds and dangerous dogs.
The board voted unanimously to declare three pit bull dogs owned by a resident of Richards Street "dangerous and vicious," implementing a village ordinance that provides for keeping the animals in custody until their owner (who was not publicly named Tuesday night) pays a fine of $500 per dog.
And it was assured by Mayor Henry Feldmann that, contrary to the claims made by Larry Harrison of Ingram Street in a letter to the editor of The Times published last week, the village is neither "singling him out" nor "picking on him" for allowing weeds to grow around his property.
Wayne Spicer, the village animal control officer, said the Richards Street resident in question has five pit bulls. He has received two signed complaints about the dogs running loose and threatening people, as well as a verbal complaint from a woman who found the dogs in her garage, eating her cat food, and ignored her efforts to shoo them away.
Trustee Larry Joe Ridenour added that some of the dogs have chased one of his family members, as well.
Spicer said he caught one of the dogs Monday and fought off two more. He summoned Dustin Boren, the village police officer, to help him subdue and capture those, and he now has three in custody.
The animal control officer described the three dogs in custody as "very vicious" and added that the owner has been issued citations for the same offense before, with payment of the fines due Sept. 22.
Several village officials expressed fear that one or more of the dogs may harm local residents, if allowed to run loose again. The mayor said he'll check with Brian Shinkle, the village attorney, about the steps available to the board. But in the meantime, the trustees voted 6-0 to declare the three dogs in custody "dangerous and vicious" and to fine the owner $500 each.
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