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Otter Tail County Board adopt animal bite and dangerous dog ordinance

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on June 12 to listen to the public regarding the Board's intention to replace the "Otter Tail County Animal Health and Control Ordinance" with the "Otter Tail County Animal Bite a...

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on June 12 to listen to the public regarding the Board's intention to replace the "Otter Tail County Animal Health and Control Ordinance" with the "Otter Tail County Animal Bite and Dangerous Dog Ordinance."

The revision to replace the "Otter Tail County Animal Health and Control Ordinance," which are to be included in the "Otter Tail County Animal Bite and Dangerous Dog Ordinance" are primarily the following: Section II: Definitions for Animal Control Authority, Dangerous Dog, Hearing Officer and Potentially Dangerous Dog; and Section V: Hearing Procedures to provide an appeal process.

The public discussion focused on pet owner's responsibility to keep pets on leashes and to be respectful of neighbors. Commissioners and staff members shared concern for protecting members of the public.

Lynn Cave, a resident of Long Lake and a lake association president, commented, "This is a public health and safety issue for property owners and pets. We want to keep both as safe as possible. Summer is a time when more dogs are off leash around the lakes. This ordinance keeps owners responsible for their dogs."

The revised ordinance was adopted and will be in effect upon publication.

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"Injury prevention and public safety are top priorities for Otter Tail County," stated Diane Thorson, OTC Public Health Director.

The ordinance is expected to be published by June 30. A public hearing will be announced soon to take people's comments regarding a new animal nuisance ordinance.

Visit the county website for more details: www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/1098/Ordinances-Policies

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