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Mayor charged following dog bite incident

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By John Shindlebower

Taylorsville Mayor Don Pay is scheduled to appear in Spencer District Court later this month on charges of harboring a vicious animal following an incident in April in which his dog allegedly bit a pedestrian.

Spencer County Animal Control Officer Melvin Gore filed the charges, nearly two weeks after the April 2 incident that took place near Pay’s home on Garrard Street.

Gore’s citation noted that a pedestrian, Jannie Lewis, was walking past the Mayor’s home when a dog was observed running loose with no chain or collar. The dog allegedly “aggressively approached and ultimately bit the passerby,” read the citation.

Lewis required medical attention and was transported by the EMS for further treatment.

The citation continued to note that “this is not the first time this animal has bitten a pedestrian walking by the home. None of these attacks have been provoked.”

Pay said he’s been advised not to comment on the situation, but did say that “We are trying to do the right thing.”

He said he has contracted with a fencing company for his yard. “Public safety is a number one concern of mine,” he said, and called the situation “an unfortunate incident.”

The dog, an Australian Shepherd mix, was quarantined for the required ten days by Gore.

Pay’s court date is set for Friday, May 26 at 9 a.m.