During their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, the Clarkson City Commissioners passed an ordinance relating to the care, keeping and controlling of all dogs in the city of Clarkson.

The ordinance states that dogs shall be controlled so they do not disturb the peace or run at large. Additionally, it is unlawful for a person to entice a dog from a yard, take its muzzle or tags, or to steal a dog.

Owners are required to keep dogs in an enclosure from which they cannot escape, on a leash/chain or under immediate control of owner/custodian.

If a vicious dog is owned it is unlawful for the dog to be outside the owner's yard or home. Vicious dogs must be behind locked enclosures and the property must have a sign at least 2 square feet in size warning of a vicious dog on the premises.

The owner is required to contact police and the dog warden if a vicious dog has escaped its enclosure, has bitten another animal or human, or has died. Vicious dogs cannot be walked within 1,000 feet of a school. A person shall have no more than two vicious dogs at one residence.

If a violation of the vicious dog policies occur, the owner can be cited to immediately correct the violations and to appear in court. If violations aren't corrected and the dog poses an immediate threat to humans or other animals, the dog can be seized and impounded.

Dogs that are not vicious can also be impounded if they are running at large and dogs can be destroyed or ownership transferred to the shelter if the dog is not claimed within five days.

The ordinance also states that owners are required to supply the dog with good wholesome food, water and a clean shelter and veterinarian care when needed. Enclosures must also have a shaded area for the dog.

No person shall abandon any animal, leave the animal for a period longer than 24 hours without having someone take care of it. No one shall leave an animal on the roadside or other area.

It is unlawful for any person to inflict unnecessary or needless cruelty, torture, abuse, or neglect an animal to inflict unjustifiable pain, suffering, injury or death to any animal. Reasonable force may be used to drive away a vicious or trespassing animal.

No person shall permit fighting among animals or cruelty to be inflicted on animals.

No person shall kill a dog or cat for food or fur.

No person shall mutilate an animal, dead or alive. This does not apply to accepted livestock practices concerning humane slaughter.

Animals that have been victimized or are seen to be in danger will be confiscated by the dog warden or a peace officer.

Penalties for violating this ordinance range from $50 to $500, 10 to 60 days in jail and confiscation of animals.

This ordinance supersedes all previous ordinances of this type, declaring them null and void.

To read the entire ordinance, make a request at Clarkson City Hall.

In other business:

•Commissioners proclaimed March 1 and 2 to be "Read Across America" days in Clarkson. Mayor Bonnie Henderson and other community leaders will visit Clarkson Elementary on March 1 to read to students in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2.

•The commissioners authorized Fire Chief Andy Cain to purchase a first responders box that will be placed inside the front door of Clarkson School for $500. The request must also be approved by the Board of Education. It will include three cots, compression bandages, a tourniquet and other supplies.

•The commissioners voted to have Cain get the Chevrolet Yukon, command 91, city fire vehicle lettered with the Clarkson Fire Department insignia.

•Commissioners voted to give mileage reimbursement to city employees who use their personal vehicles for city business at the federal rate.

•Spring clean-up dates are set for May 6-9 for city residents only. Residents can set out furniture, appliances and other large items for pick up and it may vary from regular garbage days. The city will not pick up tires, tree limbs, paint, waste oil, or construction debris.

•Clarkson's Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 20 at 2 p.m. at the city park for children ages 0-12. It is free to attend.

•The next blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, march 9 from noon until 5 p.m. at the community center.

•The commissioners want to remind all Clarkson residents to sign up for the REACH Alert notification system. More information can be found on the city's Facebook page, at visitclarkson.com or by calling Clarkson City Hall at (270) 242-6997.