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The City of Mount Ayr’s recently updated ordinance dealing with vicious animals within the city limits is getting its first test.
A letter dated April 21 from Ringgold County Sheriff to city residents Christina and Kyle Kissinger specifies the complaints against their dogs:
“Your white/gray Husky and your other black dog were running loose on Sunday, April 18 and attacked a little Yorkie belonging to Heidi Albaugh on the porch at 301 East Jefferson Street, causing puncture wounds to her body.
“Also, on April 18, Vicki Zollman’s long-haired Dachshund was killed in her yard. Your two dogs were seen in two of Vicki’s neighbors’ yards during the time frame her dog was killed. Although no one witnessed this incident, it is highly probable that your dogs were responsible for the death of her dog at 105 East Jackson Street.
“I have also learned that on March 3, the same two dogs attacked Chadd Smith’s Shih Tzu in his driveway at 805 North Hayes Street. One of the dogs had the Smith dog by the head and the other dog had her by her rear attempting to rip her in half.”
The ordinance states owners of animals deemed vicious must remove them from city limits or have the animals euthanized within three days.
The ordinance also gives animal owners the option to appeal the vicious animal citation to the city council within the three-day time frame.
A special council meeting was scheduled for Friday, April 23, but that meeting was postponed to allow the Kissingers’ legal counsel time to review the facts surrounding the incident.