Dog impounded as ‘dangerous animal’Published 5:00pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Niles Charter Township’s dangerous animal ordinance works, Supervisor Jim Kidwell reported at the July 2 meeting.
“We were able to put that into effect last week,” Kidwell said. “The sheriff’s department and everybody came together and it worked out really well.
“The sheriff’s department took a complaint of a dog killing a cat on South Third Street.”
Kidwell, a city police officer, said the sheriff’s department deemed it a dangerous animal, so the township sent a letter to the dog owner.
Berrien County Animal Control impounded the canine for a 10-day quarantine.
“I just got a letter back Friday,” Kidwell said, “that when the owner of the dog received the letter from the township, he turned it over to the dog pound to be put down. In the meantime, we found out this dog had bitten two other people prior to the cat incident.”
Cameras cost $4,005
The township board approved Fire Chief Gary Brovold’s request it pay $4,005 toward two new thermal imaging cameras.
“They were awarded a grant for $18,000,” Clerk Marge-Durm Hiatt said.
“The upgrade will be a real asset to the department in pinpointing ‘hot spots,’” Trustee Richard Cooper, a former firefighter, said.