Several Amish individuals from the Auburn area appeared in court the morning of Thursday, May 19 for a preliminary hearing. The hearing stems from citations received by the men for violating a city ordinance. The case was postponed for Thursday, July 14 allowing for a motion of discovery made by attorney Travis Lock, representing some of the Amish.
According to citation reports, the following were found to be in violation of the Auburn animal ordinance:
Hezekiah Miller was cited to be in violation of the city’s animal ordinance twice. The first on Feb. 22 on Wilson Avenue and second on April 22 on Hill Street.
Amos Mast was was cited to be in violation of the city’s animal ordinance on Feb. 22 on West Main Street and Rector Avenue.
Monroe Mast was cited to be in violation of the city’s animal ordinance twice. The first on March 14 on Sunset Drive and second on April 6 on Peterson Avenue.
Atlee Mast was cited to be in violation of the city’s animal ordinance on March 22 on Sunset Drive and Wilson Avenue.
Davie Miller was cited to be in violation of the city’s animal ordinance on April 8 on Hill Street.
Wilbur Mast was cited to be in violation of the city’s animal ordinance on Feb. 24 on Sugar Maple Drive.
Rudy Miller was cited to be in violation of the city’s animal ordinance on April 22 on Bellaire Drive.
Rudy “P” Miller was cited to be in violation of the city’s animal ordinance on April 28 on East Main Street.
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.
This is not the first time Amish in the Auburn area have gone to court for the violation, which carries a $50 fine. In one case, two Amish men were sentenced to jail time for not paying their fines and court costs. Another case a jury found the defendant not guilty for the violation. Others have had their fines paid for them by anonymous individuals.
The Amish involved have stated they feel they are being singled out and the ordinance is unfair.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.