(The Cherokee Scout) — Murphy – The town council approved fines for dog owners who let their dogs roam unrestrained in town during Monday’s meeting.
Dog owners could face a $500 fine or 30 days in jail for violations. Enforcement falls upon the Murphy Police Department. Police Chief Justin Jacobs said his officers are ready to enforce the ordinance.
Mayor Bill Hughes said they can do something about vicious and nuisance dogs. “For the first time, our officers have something with teeth,” Hughes said.
Jacobs said for the past 6-8 months they’ve gotten calls about dogs in town, but there was little to nothing the police could do.
“Now we’ll be able to charge the owner,” Jacobs said.
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