Commission approves animal kill claim

Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Commission approved an animal kill claim for a local man who recently had livestock killed by a pack of dogs.

Lowell Gibson, of Hannan Trace Road, Glenwood, appeared before Commissioners Tracy Doolittle, Miles Epling and Rick Handley during Wednesday’s regular commission meeting. Gibson said he recently entered his barn to find several goats had been killed and injured by a pack of dogs who were still in the barn when he arrived. Gibson said these were not coyotes, but dogs, and he did fire a gun at them in an attempt to stop the attack on the livestock.

Commissioners said the law permits the killing of a dog if it is in the act of killing livestock or other animals. Gibson said he didn’t want to kill anyone’s animals but he also didn’t want his livestock killed either, adding one of the goats killed was in the process of giving birth and couldn’t get up to escape the barn.

Commissioners approved paying out a claim from the county’s Sheep and Dog Fund for $720 to help cover the market value of the goats that were killed and the medical treatment of those who survived, the later of which was estimated to be around $30. Gibson said he didn’t recognize the dogs and he couldn’t be sure if he hit any of them when they dispersed from the barn. The Sheep and Dog Fund is funded by money from dog taxes, County Administrator John Gerlach said.

In other commission business:

Commissioners approved a request from Ed Cromley, president of the local chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, to use the commission room as a place to host a George Washington Birthday Party at noon Feb. 22. Cromley said the event, which will feature cake and refreshments, will include a presentation on the writings and advice of Washington as they apply to the United States today. Past President General Raymond Musgrave will be a part of the event as well which is open to the public.

Approved an emergency absentee voting procedure which allows members of the Mason County Clerk’s Office to travel to voters who are in hospitals who wish to cast a ballot, but could not otherwise make it to a polling place.

Approved the use of the court house steps to once again host the National Day of Prayer events on May 5.

Approved the full-time employment of Erica Hesson in the assessor’s office, upon the recommendation of Assessor Ron Hickman.

Commissioners Doolittle, Epling and Handley spoke about the recent Mason-Gallia-Meigs Big Green Club meeting in Gallipolis, Ohio and Point Pleasant’s Cody Mitchell who has signed to play with Marshall University. Handley said Mitchell was a topic of conversation at the dinner which also focused on this year’s recruiting class for MU’s football team.

“We’re proud of him and we wish him well at Marshall,” Handley said on behalf of the county commission.

In addition to commissioners and Gerlach, also present at the meeting, Brian Aluise, information specialist for Gov. Earl R. Tomblin.

Beth Sergent

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