(St. Louis) – The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force has announced they have rescued 39 Chihuahuas and other small mixed breed dogs from an owner in Carter County.
Responding to a call from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, an animal cruelty investigator visited the property and say the dogs’ owner was loading the dogs into a crate, telling the investigator that she intended to load them in a truck and dump them at the side of the highway. The owner voluntarily surrendered the animals to the Humane Society of Missouri.
The Humane Society says some of the dogs have severe matting and hair loss, with many having overgrown nails and external parasites. Among the group are three newborn and four 6-week-old puppies. Each dog will be examined by Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Humane Society of Missouri says they will continue to investigate this case with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, and assist in prosecution, if necessary.
(West Plains) – Dominos Pizza, the Ozark Radio Network, the Ozark Horse Trader, and First Baptist Church of West Plains is once again participating in the annual “Stuff The Bus” program.
Now through Friday, Dominos Pizza of West Plains will be collecting school supplies for the First Baptist Church Back-To-School Bash clothing and school supply share, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 2.
If you donate school supplies Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, you can purchase an unlimited number of large one-topping pizzas from Dominos for $3.99 each. The special deal is for carry-out orders only.
For more information, call Dominos at 417-257-0055 or call the Ozark Radio Network at 417-256-1025.
17-year-old Dylan Saltkill was found swimming in Norfork Lake in Mountain Home, Arkansas, according to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Saltkill was last seen in West Plains in the 1400 block of West 6th Street on Sunday, where police say he took his caretaker’s vehicle and later crashed it. The last sighting of him before he was found was at Highway 201 and J Highway near Howard’s Ridge in Ozark County.
(West Plains) – The West Plains City Council unanimously rejected a proposed “smoke free” ordinance at their Monday meeting.
The ordinance, proposed by the group Breathe Easy West Plains, would ban smoking in indoor public places such as restaurants and bars. Councilman Mike Topliff spoke up during a discussion of the ordinance, saying that the city has a full section in their ordinances on alcohol, however, the no-smoking measure was very narrow, banning smoking tobacco but not addressing other forms of tobacco, such as chew.
The council voted 4-0 to defeat the measure. Councilman Royce Fugate was not present at the meeting.
The issue is not completely defeated, however, as the Breathe Easy Coalition can now take the issue to a vote of the people, something they previously said they planned on doing if the council did not pass the measure.
(Gainesville) – A Gainesville man suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon after a motorcycle accident in his hometown.
39-year-old Mark Dunn refused treatment at the scene, according to a Highway Patrol report.
The accident happened at 1:30 PM on Route 5 South at Highway 160 in Gainesville, when the bike operated by Dunn attempted to avoid another vehicle, which caused the bike to overturn and skid on its side.
(Little Rock) (AP) – More than 100 rabies cases have been reported in Arkansas through the end of June – a figure nearly double the norm of just 54 cases in a year.
State health and animal science experts say that of the 103 cases, 86 have been confirmed in skunks. Experts say most of the rabies cases are found skunks and bats.
Pulaski and Lonoke counties have the most cases, with 26 for Pulaski and 13 for Lonoke.
Tom Troxel, associate head of animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, says the reason for the outbreak is unknown.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals. It’s considered one of the most infectious diseases and is fatal for both animals and humans.
(Little Rock) (AP) – A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions.
An attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office to not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.
The group claims the petitions should have been submitted by July 4, which would have been four months before the November election. The state deadline was July 7.
The group favoring expanded sales is gathering additional signatures after Martin’s office said it had fallen short of the 78,133 needed to qualify.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.
McDaniel’s office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year’s ballot. The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.
The group is now trying to put the legalization measure on the 2016 ballot. McDaniel cited ambiguities in the text of the latest measure in rejecting its wording.
The proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries.
Michael Hargus was appointed to the Patrol on November 1, 1994, as a member of the 68th Recruit Class. Upon completing his training, he was assigned to Zone 6 of Troop G, in Howell and Oregon counties. On February 6, 2005, he was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone supervisor of Troop G, Zone 3, Shannon and Howell counties. He transferred to Troop G, Zone 7 Howell and Oregon counties as assistant zone supervisor on July 1, 2007. Hargus transferred to the Aircraft Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, on December 6, 2009.
Lieutenant Hargus grew up in Exeter, MO, and graduated from Exeter High School in 1989. Hargus attended the College of the Ozarks majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology while working as a police officer for the City of Branson. He and his wife, Lori (Nelson), have three children and a granddaughter.
(West Plains) – Northern Howell County Commissioner Bill Lovelace says that the county has had some issues concerning repairs on paved county roads:
Paving work and asphalt maintenance is scheduled to start this week, weather permitting.