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June 7, 2014

Mankato to more quickly respond to howling hounds

Changes coming to more quickly address noisy dogs


Hentges will be putting together the details of the new policy and giving the Highland Park Neighborhood Association, which covers Haynes Street, a chance to provide input. Association President Tona Gillispie thinks the city is on the right path.

"I like that four-step process," Gillispie said. "... It's common sense. You want to educate people and give them fair warning."

Along with the new policy, Councilwoman Tamra Rovney said police officers need to receive training about the importance — when not busy with higher-priority calls — of responding immediately to barking dog complaints. Councilman Jack Considine agreed.

"We need to revisit it with our officers," Considine said, "that this is a quality-of-life issue, and it's not something that's optional."

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