Windsor Place hasn’t been able to enforce its ordinance prohibiting residents from owning pit bulls since it was implemented in 2009.
The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t handle animals, and the village of over 300 people can’t afford to have its own animal control officer to enforce the breed restrictions and an ordinance against dangerous dogs, said Randon Leathers, chairman of the Village Board of Trustees.
“We really never had a good way to enforce it, so we hadn’t really done much with it,” he said.
No dogs have bitten people in Windsor Place, but pit bulls have attacked other dogs, Leathers said.
Since Windsor Place sits right on Interstate 70, people often dump their pets into the village, he said. “Those aren’t necessarily all dangerous dogs, sometimes they’re just strays, but we’ve got no way to deal with them,” Leathers said.
Boonville Mayor Ned Beach wanted to help out the city’s neighbor, so Boonville and Windsor Place started working out an agreement about a year ago, Leathers said. The Boonville City Council approved it last week, and the Windsor Place Board of Trustees did the same at its meeting Tuesday evening.
“We do have issues occasionally, but we can’t hire a full-time dog catcher,” Leathers said. “So for us to be able to just pay for that service is a great benefit.”
Under the agreement, Windsor Place will pay Boonville $50 an hour for each animal control officer called out, mileage reimbursement, and reimbursement for the city’s animal care fees. Windsor Place also assumes liability if the animal control officer is hurt during a call to the village.
“I don’t expect it to be a lot of money, but whatever it is, maybe it will offset some of their costs,” Leathers said.