County Has New Animal Code

The Mason County Commission approved changes to the County’s Animal Code that could lead to fines and prison time for letting your dog run free.

Tuesday, the Commissioners held a public hearing on the language change that makes it unlawful for an owner of an animal to allow the animal to enter or trespass onto private property or allow said animal to run at large onto public property.

The fine for violating the new language under Public Nuisance – Animals at Large is $250. If the animal “represents a potential threat of substantial bodily injury to people or damage to property”, an owner could face a misdemeanor charge, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.