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Purdy Council discusses dog problems

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Among other business matters, Purdy City Council members heard a number of dog complaint issues and continued their discussion of water leaks and system repairs at their October meeting.

In his report to the board, Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported a number of incidents for the month of September.

On Sept. 7, Stanphill Sanitation reported another fire in the trash truck as a result of picking up a significant amount of meth trash, which ignited in the back of the vehicle. Officers recovered the items, which Lowe described as a "shake and bake" lab, and turned the hazardous materials over to officials with the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force for disposal and further investigation.

On Sept. 14, Lowe was patrolling the city in the 400 block of Washington Street. Lowe reported that two large Sharpei-mix dogs started chasing the patrol car and attempted to leap into the car's window and bite him. He contacted the owner of the animals and cited her for possession of vicious animals and advised her to remove the dogs from the city immediately. Two days later, Lowe again cited the owner for allowing her dogs to run at large.

A third incident occurred Sept. 24 when a citizen complained that two dogs from the Washington Street residence had previously tried to bite his daughter as she was waiting for the school bus. The complaintant reported that he had shot and killed one of the animals when they became aggressive toward him. He reported two more dogs had been running loose through his yard and signed a complaint against the owner of the animals.

A third complainant reported the same animals chasing her daughters while they were riding their bikes and had also chased her as she was walking down the street.

When Lowe contacted the owner of the animals, one of the dogs became aggressive toward Lowe who shot the animal, wounding it. The owner subsequently took the dog to a veterinarian and had the other animal removed from the city limits.

The owner of the animals has requested a trial concerning the shooting of her dog by the officer.

An unrelated dog complaint was made Sept. 20 in the 400 block of Commercial St. when a citizen reported that his neighbor's dog had attacked his pug. The owner of the aggressive animal was again cautioned concerning the leash ordinance.

A separate incident involving an aggressive dog was reported on Sept. 28 when Patrolman Russ Nichols was chased down Commercial Street by the animal as it tried to bite him. That case remains under investigation.

Another case of road rage was investigated by Lowe on Sept. 21 when a motorist flagged him down to report that someone had passed him in excess of 100 miles per hour in a no passing zone and then cut him off. At the same time, the other driver had contacted Barry County 911 and reported the first complainant had been traveling too slow and attempted to cut him off as he was trying to pass. The case has subsequently been referred to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for investigation.

A report of a possible domestic disturbance had officers responding to the area of Highway C and Kay Avenue. Upon arrival, they discovered a 58-year-old female lying on the sidewalk in an unresponsive condition. The woman soon went into cardiac arrest and was taken to Cox Monett Hospital.

Public Works employee Ted McIntire reported to aldermen that two fire plugs are leaking, one of which has ben in place at the corner of Washington and Commercial since 1942.

Mayor Ron Dutra also inquired as to the status of the report from Ace Pipe Cleaning, which has yet to be received by the city. Cost of repairs to the wastewater lines is still unknown, pending the results of the report.

McIntire reported that smoke testing for the remainder of the city will have to be scheduled in July or August of 2011. Conditions for the test must be dry, and McIntire said that fall weather would not result in a good test of the city's lines.

Previous testing has resulted in nine residents correcting sewer violations to date.

The next regular meeting of the Purdy City Council will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, at City Hall.

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