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Great Mabton Dog Round-up underway

MABTON - Mabton dog owners who allow their pets to run loose throughout the community will have to drive to Union Gap to retrieve them come Thursday, according to Mabton City Mayor Vera Zavala. Zavala told the Mabton Council Tuesday night that on Wednesday (today) the Mabton public work department in conjunction with the Yakima County Humane Society will be rounding up all dogs caught running at large. In order for dog owners to reclaim their erstwhile pets, they will have to provide proof that "Fido" has his rabies shot. Owners will also be required to purchase a Mabton city dog license, which will be available from the Humane Society. The cost for the dog license is $15 for spayed or neutered animals and $20 for unaltered animals. In addition there will be a $25 per dog penalty levied to dog owners who've allowed their animals to run wild, said Mabton City Clerk-Treasurer Ret Stewart. Stewart explained that according to the city's agreement with the Humane Society, animals will be kept for three days before being shipped to Seattle to be put up for adoption. Police Chief Rick Gutierrez said the dogs have become a huge danger to the residents of the community. "It's a big problem," he said. "The message is 'keep your dogs secure or lose them'," Gutierrez said. At last report only 50 dog licenses had been purchased in the community where dogs reportedly outnumber the residents.

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