The Deer Park Planning Commission voted unanimously (member Kathy DeRosier was absent) on Monday to recommend to the city council that the ban on agricultural animals in the city limits remain in effect.
The planning commission was charged with looking into the issue in October after it was discovered that some city residents were raising â€śbackyard chickensâ€ť on their property.
Commission Chair Dan Berg said the issue had taken a lot of the planning groupâ€™s time since they began looking into the matter in February.
The Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Office, having investigated numerous reports since March involving the killing and injuring of domestic animals by a pack of dogs in Southern Stevens County, reported that three of the animals have been killed.
A hunter killed one of the dogs on May 28 after he was charged by a pack of dogs while turkey hunting and two other dogs were subsequently killed on June 11-12 by a landowner whose animals had been previously attacked and killed.
Based upon the latest information the Sheriffâ€™s Office believes the main pack has been eliminated.