The City of Thomson has a dog ordinance in place and many dog owners across town are in violation of it, allowing their dogs to roam neighborhoods and business districts.
Several dog owners in the Hickory Hill subdivision were warned by Thomson police Tuesday after a Hemlock Lane resident reported trouble with five neighborhood dogs. The man told police that the roaming pack of dogs chase and bark at people on bicycles and walking in the neighborhood.
Chief John Hathaway said that the Code Enforcement Agent Gail Newsome can pick up dogs that are roaming the streets and that are problem animals as reported by citizens.
The dogs will be taken to the animal shelter, their owners located and fines assessed. Chief Hathaway said dogs are to be kept inside or in some sort of confinement, whether it is a fenced-in yard, a kennel or on a leash.
In cases where animals are left at the city-county animal shelter and no owner can be located, the animals may be adopted out or euthanized.