Amish man asks for trial…again


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



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Another Amish man has asked for a trial regarding a citation he received Oct. 8, 2015, for being in violation of an ordinance that requires a collection device on large animals within the city limits of Auburn.

According to the city’s police chief, John Mast of Pilot Knob Road asked for a jury trial at his preliminary hearing on Dec. 10. Chief Larry Jones stopped Mast after seeing him travel down Wilson Avenue in a buggy pulled by a horse without a collection devise.

Mr. Mast has been cited two other times for the same violation, however, both of those times the fine that comes with the citation was paid.

“I don’t understand why this time is any different,” said Jones. “But he said he wanted a jury trial like Amos had.”

Amos Mast of Auburn faced a jury last year for the same violation. The jury found him guilty and the judge ordered him to pay fines and court costs. When he refused he was sentenced to 20 days in jail for contempt of court. His son Dan also served jail time for the same offence.

According to Jones some of the Amish that live around Auburn have been adhering to the rules. He said the Amish who travel down Main Street have been fitting their buggies with collection devices. However, there are some who still refuse said Jones.

The City of Auburn amended its animal ordinance in 2014 to include collection devises on large animals traveling through the city. The council made the change when they couldn’t get the Amish community to clean up after their horses. 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.

Mast is scheduled for trial Friday, Jan. 8 at 8:30 a.m. in Logan District Court.

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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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