A courtroom full of Amish came out to support their own Thursday, July 14, during a preliminary hearing for close to a dozen men who were cited earlier in the year for violating an animal ordinance in the City of Auburn. This hearing had been rescheduled from Thursday, May 19 when the Amish men’s attorney Travis Lock asked for a postponement.
Hezekiah Miller, Amos Mast, Monroe Mast, Atlee Mast, Davie Miller, Wilbur Mast, Rudy Miller and Rudy “P” Miller were all on the docket.
Once again, however, attorney Lock asked for yet another continuance saying there were additional Amish who had been cited he wanted to consult with. It was mentioned by Logan County District Judge Ken Williams that there were several more pending violations and more coming in all the time.
Williams allowed the continuance setting the date of Sept. 1 for another preliminary hearing, as well as an Aug, 17 date for a pretrial conference where attorney Lock wished to speak to all those involved.
Meanwhile in Auburn it seems the Amish community are still not complying with the law which requires a collection devise to be on all large animals traveling through the city. Police Chief Larry Jones is writing citations for the violations as he says he is just following the direction of the Auburn City Council who voted in the law.
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.
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