County sets hearings on `big box' dog laws

The Hood River County Commission set public hearing dates on Monday for adoption of "big box" size limitations and revisions to its dog laws.

The county board will consider at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 whether it should follow the city's lead and restrict the "footprint" of new commercial buildings to 50,000 square feet. The proposed code will be reviewed first by the Hood River Planning Commission tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse. The commission will then forward its recommendation onto the county board for a final decision.

Proposed changes to the animal control laws will be reviewed by the county board at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4. The existing code has been updated to comply with new state regulations, including the provision that complaints against a canine be filed by a law enforcement official and not a citizen.

In early December a group of concerned residents, led by Joan Fowler of Wy'East Road, approached county officials with suggested changes for the dog laws. These included a prohibition against the county selling animals for scientific experimentation, a practice that Sheriff Joe Wampler said local officials have never been involved with.

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