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Canine issues continue for Sweet Home cops; officials planning 'dogfest'


January 17, 2018

CONNIE DEBUSSCHERE, here with one of her award-winning English Shepherds, is working with Sweet Home Police Department to develop community events for dog owners. Debusschere has been involved in training and showing dogs for years.

The high volume of dog-related calls dealt with by Sweet Home police officers shows no signs of abating, and city officials have come up with a plan to do something about it.

The number of dog-related calls to police remained close last year to what they were in 2016.

Last year City Council members adopted a new ordinance that was intended to give the city and Municipal Court judge more tools to deal with problem dogs running loose or barking constantly.

Under the ordinance, the judge can go beyond fines and order a dog removed from a home.

Police received 453 calls related to dogs in 20...

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