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Dog droppings, feral cat problems discussed by board

LOSTANT — Lostant appears to be enduring a particularly unpleasant situation, as residents are neglecting to clean up their dogs’ excrement.

“I would say that 70 percent of the people don’t pick it up,” Village President Jack Immel said, suggesting most dog owners leave their canine companions’ droppings lying in wait for unfortunate passers-by.

It was stated at the village board meeting that Lostant has an ordinance regarding the pickup and disposal of canine waste, but the trick is in providing evidence of who might be disobeying the rules.

Immel proposed the possibility of photos or video of the perpetrator ignoring the act, and Police Chief Brad Anderson suggested another option, in which those who witness the violation file a complaint.

Immel segued into another animal-related problem in town: feral cats.

“Quit feeding them,” Immel said. “We have several people feeding these feral cats, which are multiplying and causing problems.”

One problem presented by these untamed felines is similar to that resulting from their domesticated canine counterparts. They leave behind an abundance of feces, and this excrement is often not appreciated by those who encounter it.

Immel said he had received several complaints in relation to feral cats, with one such complaint indicating that “they can’t mow their lawn without cat residue, can’t do their landscaping because of cat residue.”

“Quit feeding the cats,” Immel reiterated.

In other discussion, Lostant is considering buying a police vehicle, which should resolve reported issues with the village’s current vehicle.

The village hopes to recoup most, if not all, of the purchase cost by selling its current police vehicles and certain pieces of equipment.

Immel suggested the new vehicle is safer for the officers, with larger capacity and a prisoner transport cage in the back.

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