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EUREKA -- The Woodford County Board has eliminated the $50 fee it charges each time the animal control officer is called out to pick up a stray dog within municipal boundaries.

The vote, taken earlier this week, culminated months of discussion by the Public Safety Committee and years of discontent between municipal and county leaders.

"The fee was a way of saying, 'Take care of it yourself, or we'll take care of it for you,'" said board member Terry Pille.

City leaders in Eureka wanted the county to discontinue the fee, saying it was unfair to charge municipalities for a service provided to unincorporated areas.

The county's public safety committee is working on a proposal that would fine residents whose animals violate the rules. The proposal would increase the current fee structure.

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