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Page 8 - The Cloverdale Reveille 0 November 28, 2019 BITES: Dog designations used as determiners Reality bites “I think most people think that once it’s reported and www.cioverdaiereveitimers Tree lighting, festival kickg off winter eVents bite incident. Davis stresses though, that the majority of these cases are “victim driven they see us coming to the complaints,” and that only door the first thing they probation.” The designation on rare occasions will SCAS think is that we’re coming to is for a three-year period, intervene if there isn’t a take their dog. And that’snot and if there are no additional victim complaint. One of a the case,” said Davis. “Each incidents in that time period, few exceptions to that rule situation is different and the dogs record will be hoWever, is when a dog is that’s what it comes down to. cleared at the end of that repeatedly biting a child in Do we sometimes have to three-year period. However, the home. take the dog? Yeah, but an additional incident in that “All hospitals, physicians, sometimes its just for the 10- three years will then have school nurses are all day quarantine. the dog automatically required to report all animal “With both the potentially designated as vicious. bites to us by state law, and dangerous and vicious The vicious designation is we get situations where the designations, I want to far more serious, and more same child keeps getting reiterate that most of the often than not leads to the bitten in the household, we time it is complaint driven,” euthanasia of the dog in keep getting the report, well Davis continued. “Unless we question. Occasionally a dog who is standing up for the see a compelling reason deemed vicious is allowed to child?” asked Davis. something should be done, return home, but under a “Nobody. So we have we leave it at that, we put strict set of monitored removed dogs in certain them on written notice that it conditions, usually imposed situations like that. I know has happened.” by the courts and based in a one 'in particular there were Owners also have the given jurisdiction’s laws. two to three bites to the face option of making their own These conditions can include and head area of the child decision regarding the fate of requirements that the dog he and the parents weren’t their dog post-bite. muzzled, leashed and held by going to do a thing about it, “There are two ways we a responsible adult over the so we went in and removed get a dog deemed. We collect age of 18 anytime the dog is the dog, because it’s not safe evidence, we get written off its property, that the for the child. And, then we’ll statements from victims and owner maintains an get Child Protective Services Witnesses, photographs, insurance policy covering involved as well.” medical stuff from the any damage the dog might do However, the final hospital, vet stuff if it’s a and that the owner’s determining factor for the domestic animal,” Davis property be posted with vicious designation is truly said. “However, the owner notices of the dog’s vicious the severity of the attack. has the opportunity to Continued from Page 1 Davis describes the potentially dangerous designation as “doggy . Photo Reveille archives SAINT NICK Following the arrival of Santa at 5 p.m., kids will have the opportunity to pose for photos with him in his workshop. lot next to Plank, and the South Pole will be on East cider or festive stuff — so when people are walking Winter Festival to be designation. If a dog “If it’s a severe dog bite, it designate by signing a form . D c 6 First Street. As such, East down the street, they’ll be reoffends once it has gotten could be a first time bite, and we have to avoid going into held on Friday, 9 First Street between V encouraged to peek in a bit.” euthanized. If the dog doesn’t can ask the court to deem the do it voluntarily, then we By Zoé Strickland 303763316301??? 3?? anal f Thedevent as a whole ls reoffend, but the owner does dog vicious and euthanize. have our reports and we file Reveille E dit or am ree W e 039 001159 on ShOWCaSlng What starting Friday morning. Cloverdale has to offer. The Both areas will be host to artisans will be selling I live music, as well as several homemade items, and those Cloverdale 18 slated to kICk vendors. In an interview in looking to pick up food during Off the WlnteI’ h011dey season late November, Hanchett said the festival are directed to 011 Frlday, DeC- 6. Wlth the that she hopes to have around patronize local restaurants. Cloverdale Chamber Of 15 artisans at each location. “We want to accentuate Commerce’s Downtown Hanchett said that folks will the charm of Cloverdale,” Cloverdale Wlnter Feethal. start seeing tents and Hanchett said. In Its fifth year. the Wl'ntel‘ decorations going up The festival runs from 4:30 festlval IQCIUdeS a h011day downtown on Thursday. to 8:30 pm. and kicks off with tree hghtmg, downtown Additionally, the gingerbread cookie Vendors. 190211 muslc and all Cloverdale Arts Alliance will decorating in the plaza. Santa around hohday Cheer- have its gallery open with is scheduled to arrive at the “It Sheuld be a lot 0f fun artists from the current festival at p.m., after which for famlheS,” Chamber Of exhibit on hand to talk to kids can take photos with him Cgmmerce Executhe Visitors. The Cloverdale sitting in his workshop. The DlreCtOI‘ Neena HanChett Historical Society will have decorated tree in the plaza in superior court and the judge hears all the evidence. “Sometimes you may have someone who says ‘we’ll I’m not sure I want to do anything or cause trouble,’ not follow the requirements, We can'seize the dog if We they are assessed civil feel it’s a threat to the penalties of $3,000 to $5,000 community we can seize and per violation. hold until we go to court But how a dog is deemed under state law and county one of these designations is a ordinance,” Davis said. bit more complicated, and Dog-on-animal violence and then we’ll step in and exists at a confluence of laws If a dog causes injury to say ‘no we’ve had four other and judgments. According to another domestic animal, incidents with this dog, Davis, a dog can be deemed again the circumstances of maybe it hasn’t bitten potentially dangerous if it the incident come into play, anyone, but it’s charged out bites someone and the bite is primarily related to if the at people’ and we’re going to “less than severe” meaning dog was at-large at the time look at it and say no we just “no sutures or disfiguring of the incident. need to do something here, lacerations,” or if twice in a “(If the animals) live in we just can’t put the animal 36-month period a dog is at- the same house, the dog was back out on the street. But, large, that is lose off the not running loose when it we do give options.” owner’s property, and a attacked another animal, zoe@sonomawost.com citizen “has to take defensive therefore it does not meet the salg‘wo merchant lots _ ChriStmaS cards around 6 Will be lit up around 6 P-mo action to prevent themselves requirementsof being at , n p'm' Hammett. Sald' - ,, . . deemed the North Pole and “w 1 “It, 1 from being injured. ThIS large or loose from its own .. ,, - _ 9 encourage peop ,9 _ 5 “109 to see P901) 9 can include things like property,” said Davis. “It’s south P°1e W111 be Sltuated (busmesses) to Open thell‘ Walklng downtown — on either side of downtown Cloverdale. The North Pole will be set up in the vacant doors,” She said. “Even if they’re not retail, they can still open their doors and do everybody is in their winter clothing and all cozy and warm,” she said. HEART CITY: Inspiredby a childhood favorite jumping off a bicycle and like if a cat walks onto your placing it between you and property and your dog kills the dog, or having to make a it, there is no Violation there run for your car, home or because the animal yard. i trespassed onto your The vicious designation is property. If they live in same for a “severe bite” or a dog house, it’s a civil situation. that has already been There’s nothing we can do, deemed potentially because one of the dangerous and reoffends. requirements is, it has to be .The vicious designation off the owner’s property follows the dog for life, if it is when it occurs.” not euthanized as a result, so giving the dog away does not eliminate the conditions of its designation. Any new owners would have to follow the same legal requirements as the owners at the time of the incident. However, officers and prosecutors will look at the circumstances of each incident. For instance, a dog defending its home or owner will not-generally be penalized. “If someone has > committed a willful trespass, is trying to commit great bodily injury on somebody, all games are off at that point,” said Davis. “We aren’t going to seek potentially dangerous or Vicious designation at that point. In the case of the dog defending against a burglar, we’re going to do the 10-day quarantine and be done with it.” Similarly, a dog that bites a person who is breaking up a fight in a dog park or the like, will likely not be investigated. “One of the assistant city attorneys we work with (in Santa Rosa) says if you’re in a dog park and two dogs get into it, you’re on your own, they aren’t going to do anything,” Davis said. “If you are in a dog park though and somebody comes in with an aggressive dog that immediately comes over and attacks somebody, that’s a different thing. But for the most part, dog parks are going to be a free for all. Because most of the time in a dog park the only time you are going to get bitten is when you are trying to break up a dog fight.” Another factor for consideration is what the history of the dog and owner is, according to Davis. If a dog has been cited before for being at—large, or the owners have a history of being irresponsible that may factor more into a decision to seek a dangerous or vicious designation at a first Similarly, if two leashed dogs get into a fight, it is unlikely there will be a legal penalty. “For instance, two dogs that get into a fight but they are both on leash? Walking by and they get into it and both dogs get injured. Could we potentially designate both dogs? We could, but are we going to? No,” Davis said. If a dog attacks and injures or kills domestic livestock while at—large, there are now two sets of potential penalties. “Livestock is still considered domestic animal, if it kills a sheep we can seek a potentially dangerous designation,” Davis said. “But, depending on the circumstances, the history with the owners, the dog, it’s also a misdemeanor via county ordinance and state law for your dog to attack livestock. So we can hit you with both, and we have. We’ll get the misdemeanor charge to the DA’s office and then we’ll go after them through the civil courts to get that dog deemed potentially dangerous.” If a dog tangles with wildlife, the primary concern is with rabies control. “If we get a fox, skunk, bat and it gets tangled up with a domestic animal like a dog or a cat, if we have the animal to test, the wild animal will be put down. The only way to tell if an animal has rabies is the brain and brain stem must be removed. Our staff can do that here and we take it to the public health lab here in Sonoma County. If it’s negative, there is no quarantine at all,” Davis said. “If the wild animal is positive, if the (domestic) animal is currently vaccinated, it’s a 30-day quarantine. If it’s not vaccinated it’s a six month quarantine, and we go out monthly and check on those animals to make sure they are still in good health. It’s why the vaccine is so important.” Continued from Page 1 makes sense the location itself is fashioned and named after a store Turko frequented when she was young. “As a child, it was my favorite place to go,” she said. “Everything was unicorns and rainbows and colorful and stickers and candy —- I truly loved it. In my mind I’ve always wanted to open Heart City.” So when the retail space next to Turko’s clothing store Erin Mavis opened up a few months ago (it had been occupied by Next Door Comics, which moved to North Cloverdale Boulevard), she jumped on it. “My husband and I, through the years, we would go someplace, and we would see something and go, ‘Heart City needs to have that’ as an inside joke,” she said. “We had this whole vision for what Heart City would be.” That vision is now coming to life. Turko said that while choosing items to stock in the shop, she’s put a concentrated effort into thinking about limiting plastic usage. “There’s a big focus on it (items) not being plastic,” she said. “A lot of party favors, little gifts that you buy for kids or stuff that you pick up is plastic for no reason. I’m not saying it’s 100% plastic-free, because some things just come wrapped in plastic, but there’s nothing that is intentionally just plastic.” In addition to the bright, sticker-laden inventory of Heart City, Turko said that the store will also have a party space. She envisions it being both for birthday parties, as well as a place that people can reserve for scrapbooking, henna nights, paint nights and the like. “People started saying, ‘There’s no place to have birthday parties, I would love to have a place where I could have a tea party,’ or a sticker party or craft-type parties,” she said. ' The plan was initially to block off the back of the store to use as a back room. Instead, the store has an eight-person table set up in the back of the room. While Turko said that some ' design elements still need to be put up, Heart City already has its first birthday party reservation. Heart City is scheduled to open the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 29, and stay open through Christmas Eve. It will be closed during January and reopen in February, so that Turko can put all of the finishing touches on the store. “I didn’t have enough time frame from when I took over the space from the comic book store to do everything I want to do, but I wanted to get open,” she said. Heart City will be open on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 pm. and on Thursdays to Sundays from 10:30 to 5:30 pm. The shop is located at 115 East First St. “All things fun is the idea of it,” she said. “There’s nothing too serious.” LUNCH: Department wants to increase community involvement Continued from Page 1 While the Lunch with a Cop program has only . bars across. Farrer noted that recently started, Nunez said the night shift. “We don’t want them to be afraid of us,” he said. “We the bars resembled the doors that the department has want them to know that we’re Of a NEW cell-_ partnered with McDonald’s in here for their well-being, Jefferson Prlncmal Susan the past for something their safety. We’re here for Yakich said that the school chose two students, one girl and one boy, at random to join the cops. During Jefferson’s next round of Lunch with a Cop, they’ll choose third graders to similar. While they’ve tried to them.” bring a program like this back multiple times, it never took ofl‘ due to stafling constraints. With the department “getting back up to normalcy,” he’s hoping the those things are also what he It’s the camaraderie and community component of meeting with students that Nunez said is the focus of the Lunch with a Cop program — Daf‘tiCiPateo Lunch with a Cop program enjoyed most about meeting At first they (the will stick. with Farrer and Cibrian last students) were on the quiet Though Nunez and month. Slde, but once they got to meet Ferguson were the police “The best part about it for myself and Chief Ferguson, they got to see that this was all fun and games and they really opened up and there Nunez said. “Anything you can think of, there was no question left unasked.” chaperones for this lunch, the me is probably the enjoyment department is hoping to have that we get out of it,” he said. different oflicers partake in the meetings. This, Nunez was a flood gate of questions,” said, will help students and school staff get to' know members of the department who may work odd hours or “The biggest thing to it for me was the communication and relationship building. At the end of it they weren’t calling me ‘Officer’ or anything. They were calling me Carlos.”