A unanimous vote to amend an animal ordinance by the Auburn City Council Monday finally addressed the horse dropping problem the city has been facing for years. Any large animals hoofing it trough town will now be required to have a collection device to catch what many have been tired of seeing hit the streets and parking lots.
Countless discussions and close-call amendments have led up to this recent action, as council members and the city’s mayor finally ran out of patience with a group of Amish who live on the Logan-Simpson line. Some in the Amish community have refused to clean up after their horses while in the city even though handshake agreements were made in past administrations.
The amendment 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 of this requirement shall be for special events when cleanup crews are provided as part of the event.
Anyone not adhering to this amendment will be in violation of the ordinance and can face not only a fine but litigation.
Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes believes the city council has been more than fair with the Amish, and have tried to work with the community on the issue for years.
“The Amish are a valuable part of our community, but they are not the only ones living in it and the council and myself must represent the community as a whole. Most citizens do not want horse droppings in the streets and parking areas,” said Hughes, feeling this struggle has gone on long enough.