Fines have been paid for a second time around recently for two Amish individuals who were in violation of an ordinance in the City of Auburn. The citations were given for not having collection devices on horses to catch manure. Fines are $50 per violation.
Amos Mast and Wilbur Mast both received pre-payable citations for being caught in the City of Auburn without collection devices on their horses. This was the third time for Amos, who has been jailed already, along with his son Dan, for refusing to pay the fines and court costs for past violations. This is the first for Wilbur. Wilbur still has a pre-payable citation for not having proper slow moving vehicle tape on a piece of equipment.
“Someone came into our office and paid them,” said an employee of the clerk’s office. “These were pre-payable citations.”
In May of this year someone also came in and paid a fine for Clara Mast, an Amish woman who was also cited for violating the same ordinance.
It wasn’t said who paid the fines or if they were Amish.
The City of Auburn amended its animal ordinance last year to include collection devises on large animals traveling through the city, when they couldn’t get the Amish community to clean up after themselves. The problem had been going on for several years.
The ordinance reads: No person should allow an animal under his or her control to be upon public property, including streets within the city limits of Auburn, or upon the property of another, absent the consent of the owner or occupant of the property, without some device for the removal and/or containment of the animals excrement; nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by any animal under his or her control on public or private property. This action shall not apply to guide dogs under control of a blind person.
A properly fitted collection device shall be securely placed on all horses or other large animals while such animals are on the street within the city limits of Auburn. The sole exception of this requirement shall be for special events when cleanup crews are provided as part of the event.
The City of Auburn thus far is not willing to change its ordinance despite pleas form the Amish community and their attorney Jay Joines. At a recent Auburn City Council meeting, Joines told the council the Amish promised to clean up after themselves if the city would not require collection devices. They claim the devices do not work, they rub the horses leg’s and they could be a safety hazard if the horse gets spooked.
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