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Watchdog: Vicksburg tries to protect postal, utility workers

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The City of Mississippi will require dog owners to prevent their animals from interfering with postal workers and meter readers.

The Vicksburg City Council and Speaker of the House approved the ordinance last week, and it will take effect in about a month, according to the Vicksburg Post. mentioned. City attorney Nancy Thomas said the Department of Public Works and animal control officers have requested the rule.

“They’ve been through many instances where the animals looked ferocious or were tethered around a utility pole, counter or mailbox and workers couldn’t get where they needed to get,” Thomas said.

In these cases, workers had to contact the animal control office for assistance.

Besides paying a fee to get their dog back, pet owners may face fines and court costs for violating the law.

Assistant Director of Public Works, Dane Lovell, said the situation with animals harassing and preventing utility workers from doing their jobs has been going on for a while.

“It seems to be getting a little worse,” he said.

Katsie Lindsey, director of animal control in Vicksburg, said officers had to go out “to very few homes” to chain an animal chained to the utility counter or chained where it could access the counter.

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