Mary Knight took the opportunity to speak at the Aug. 4 meeting to ask the council for help with dogs running loose in her Jefferson Street neighborhood. The issue of animal control is not a new problem for the council nor is it an easy one to solve.
The city charter actually addresses the issue, stating that dogs running at large without tags can be captured, kept three days, and disposed of. Violations of the ordinance have fines from $25 to $100.
Gray does not have separate animal control personnel, and complaints are handled by Jones County’s Animal Control officers, and, at times, the Gray Police Department.
Knight said she has called animal control several times. She said they do come and get the dogs but they are right back the next day.
“Something needs to be done. It’s terrible when I go get my newspaper and get ran at by a Rottweiler or big bulldog,” she said. “I don’t know whose job this is, but I’m not going away until something is done.”