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Idaho Town Struggles To Enforce Animal Control

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REXBURG, Idaho (AP) - The mayor of a small eastern Idaho town says dogs are running at large after an agreement providing for an animal control officer to patrol Teton City about once a week ended due to budget constraints.

Teton City Mayor Phil Sutherin discussed the problem earlier this week with Fremont County commissioners, saying a dog chased down an 11-year-old child and caused him to fall and chip a tooth last week.

The town of 735 doesn't have a police force, or dog catcher, and an agreement with the nearby city of St. Anthony to provide an animal control officer to enforce Teton ordinances ended four years ago.

The Rexburg Standard Journal reports that Fremont County deputies now respond to animal complaints in Teton, though they can only enforce state laws.

      
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