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Benton County Animal Control Proposal

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash-- There is new information about plans for animal control services in Benton County. Commissioners say they need more time before making an ordinance.

Commissioners debated draft proposals of the animal control ordinace. This would affect unincoroporated areas of the county and mostly focuses on dogs.

They aren't sure if rural or feral cats will apply. It sets fines up to $100 for pet owners who violate the ordinance. It also insures that animals that are injured or stray are picked up and taken to a shelter.

Commission Max Benitz says he'd rather have the Benton County Sheriffs Office be in charge of the department.

"This would give us an assurance that the sheriffs office who do now patrol out in the rural Benton County areas, that those officers under the policies put together by the sheriff are consistent," said Max Benitz, Benton County Commissioner.

Benitz wants to have Benton County Sherriff's Deputies patrolling rural areas and an animal control officer under the same jurisdiction.

He also wants all domestic animals, including cats to apply. Commissioner Leo Bowman said rural cats should not be included, because there are not enough of them. 

Commissioners need to meet again before finalizing the ordinance.