Vandalism in the city of Loyall was discussed at a recent meeting of the Loyall City Council. Mayor Clarence Longworth said “someone is shooting out street lights in the city.”
“Somebody shot the street light out at our city park on KY 840,” said Longworth. “We got the light fixed at the lower shelter house at the park and then two nights later they shot another one out.”
Longworth added he had went and looked at the street lights and they were “full of holes.”
“Until we catch some of these people who are shooting these lights out there is no use calling KU (Kentucky Utilities). There’s another street light on KY 840 that hangs out over the road and it is shot out too,” said Longworth. We’ve also got three more street lights that come on for a while and then they go out.”
Also during the meeting, councilman Dewayne Williams said he had received complaints from Troy Gaw, who owns rental property in the city, about stray dogs.
“I explained to him the situation we’re in as far as coordinating with the county,” said Williams. “He asked if we had the opportunity to contact the Harlan Animal Shelter about this issue.”
Longworth said he had contacted the shelter asking them to attend the meeting, but to date they have not responded. He added the city does have traps, but they haven’t “used them in a while” to trap stray dogs and take them to the shelter.
“Does anyone know if the shelter is accepting stray dogs?” asked Longworth. “I’ve seen a big husky dog — real healthy looking dog, running loose through the city.”
Council member Trenna Cornett said she believed that particular dog was coming from Rio Vista. She said she had also observed other stray dogs in the city.
“I’ll try to check with the shelter and see if they are accepting stray dogs, and if they are, we’ll set some traps and get them and take them to the shelter,” said Longworth. “It’s no use for us to trap the dogs if the shelter will not take them.”
Police Chief Mike Lunsford said “animal control had come to the city and picked up a pit bull dog that day, which was causing some trouble.”
“I’ve invited Animal Control Officer Duncan Caldwell to our meetings to explain the process, but he hasn’t had the opportunity to be here yet it seems,” said Longworth. “We pay county taxes and we voluntarily bought traps to help out. At one time they only had one guy working there to cover the entire county and it was impossible for him to get around to all of us. I’ll try to contact Duncan again and see if he can come and talk to us sometime.”
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