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Franklin County Commissioners approve animal control services

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PASCO, Wash. -- An issue that is considered long overdue for some residents, Franklin County Commissioners addressed animal control services for un-incorporated areas of Pasco during their weekly meeting Wednesday.

"We have worked out an agreement and are working out an agreement with the city of Pasco and the Animal Control Authority. And that is to be consistent with the city of Pasco's laws in the incorporated areas of the city of Pasco," says Commissioner Rick Miller.

Under the proposal which will cost nearly $18,000,  the unincorporated areas of Franklin County within Pasco will receive the same basic animal control and shelter service as the rest of the city of Pasco.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's office, in 2010 there were 13 reports of dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs.  In 2011, there are already six calls.

Lara Neiffer, who was attacked in a unincorporated part of Pasco is happy about today's decision, "I am very pleased with what has happened at this time and I definitely think it can be taken further, but I'll take this right now."

While the issue of stray and dangerous dogs in unincorporated areas of Pasco is resolved for now, the issue of a animal control center for all of Franklin County is still a long way from being seriously considered according to County officials.