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Dogs becoming problem in town

By NICK NARIGON

Marengo City Council will consider revising its dogs at large policy as well as fees for the dog pound after a resident brought forward recent issues at the Nov. 9 council meeting.

Kathy Miller, an employee at Iowa Valley Veterinary Clinic, said there are two issues the clinic has dealt with recently. Twice in October, Miller said the City of Marengo’s dog pound was full, so dogs at large were brought to the vet clinic for keeping.

“The Iowa Valley Vet Clinic is not an overflow pound,” Miller said. “The City of Marengo needs to construct a suitable dog holding facility. Something nice, something bigger, something that holds more than two or three dogs.”

The second issue is that two dogs owned by a neighbor of the vet clinic have been getting loose and killing cats at the vet clinic, Miller said.

“It just breaks my heart. It’s terrible,” she said.

Marengo City Administrator Brent Nelson said he is in discussions with Marengo Police Chief Galen Moser and Public Works Director Lonnie Altenhofen about building a new dog pound.

It would cost approximately $3,000 to build a facility that would hold five dogs, Nelson said. The city has $1,000 set aside in a reserve account to build a pound, he said.

The biggest issue is finding a location for the pound, Nelson said. Building a pound by the new water treatment facility is a possibility, but may not be a long term solution, he said.

He noted the Marengo dog pound is also the pound for all of Iowa County, and holds dogs at large from Millersburg, North English, Williamsburg and anywhere else in the county.

The City of Marengo charges $10 a day to hold a dog in the pound, and Nelson said they may need to look at increasing that fee.

“I am already trying to get the costs of it, find a location and look at the fee structure,” Nelson said. “We will go from there.”

As for the dogs at large, Nelson said according to the Marengo ordinance, a vicious animal is defined as one that inflicts a bite and/or attacks human beings or domesticated animals without cause or justification. The law prohibits residents from keeping a vicious animal within the city limits, he said.

Marengo City Council member Bill Kreis said the city may look at licensing dogs and cats.

Roberts Avenue Construction

The City of Marengo approved the first payment of $62,002.70 to Vieth Construction, Cedar Falls, Nov. 9 for paving the Roberts Avenue extension.

Marengo City Administrator Brent Nelson said he is very happy with the work done so far by Vieth Construction. The main portion of the road was poured in one day, he said, and the rest of the concrete work should be done by the end of this week.

The total cost of the project is $209,955. The extension will serve as the access road to the city’s new water plant and future residential development.

As for the dogs at large, Nelson said according to the Marengo ordinance, a vicious animal is defined as one that inflicts a bite and/or attacks human beings or domesticated animals without cause or justification. The law prohibits residents from keeping a vicious animal within the city limits, he said.

Marengo City Council member Bill Kreis said the city may look at licensing dogs and cats.

UPDATED November 12, 2009 10:23 AM

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