Danville mayor charged, will pay fines thanks to escape-prone pup

Even Danville’s mayor is not immune to fines when it comes to securing his pets, including a husky with a preference to roam.

Mayor Mike Perros will have to make an appearance in the Boyle County District Court today to answer for the husky, his most recent family addition. Perros faces charges of having his dog not vaccinated, not licensed, and not confined or controlled at night.

Perros said his dogs are all up on their shots and licenses, but his husky wasn’t wearing those tags when he decided to roam outside the property. The dogs typically stay outdoors unless the temperatures drop into the 30s or below.

But he doesn’t mind going to court, or paying the fines that come with that, citing the dog as his responsibility.

“I’m glad to pay the fine. The humane society has done an excellent job of getting him and putting him up until I get there,” Perros said on Monday. “That’s a cost to the taxpayer; the dog is my responsibility. I need to pay it back, so it’s not an expense borne by the taxpayers … Fair is fair.”

Perros explained his dogs are rescues, including the roaming husky. Despite having five acres on his Perryville Road property on which to do so, Perros said the husky has gotten off his property at least three times since coming to live there.

“The first time he was new. He busted through. The second time, I had a worker out there who severed the (electric fence) line and I didn’t know it. The third time, I was going out of town and changed the batteries. What I didn’t know was that they were defective,” he said.

The citation, obtained from the Boyle County Attorney’s Office, was issued by Boyle County Animal Control after the dog was picked up about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 4. It says the dog had been reported five times, and that it entered into a business. The citation lists it being spotted at Comfort Inn, Big Lots and Farmer’s National Bank — all locations close to Perros’ property.

Each time the dog made his escape, Perros contacted the company that installed the line. The most recent time, they turned the power up on the collar, hoping that would help. Perros said they’ve also had to resort to having the vet shave down the dog’s neck, because of the thick fur.

“Ever since we’ve done that, I’ve not had any problems,” he said.

Boyle County Fiscal Court and the Danville City Commission each established similar ordinances last year, following a 2015 court case in which several pressa canario dogs were seized during a raid.

Boyle County Ordinance 842, which covers all animals from livestock to pets, states that the owner of any dog found running at large can be fined between $50 and $100 for the first and second offenses, between $100 and $250 for the third offense, and could potentially face jail time.

Beginning July 1, 2016, all dogs were to be licensed, with a fee of $10 per dog, or $5 for dogs that have been spayed or neutered. Houses with three or more dogs have to have a special kennel license.

Perros said he “appreciates” the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society, where the dog was taken after each escape, and Boyle County Animal Control.

“They’ve done a great job of making sure they picked him up and getting him out of harm’s way, and I’m grateful for that.”

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