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December 24, 2009

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    WeekenderThe Renfrew Mercury

    Paige Dillaboughs Christmas stocking fundraiser was a huge success, with 123 Christmas stockings shipped to a centre for distribution, courtesy of the folks at Valley Delivery who donated the delivery. Paige also thanks Trevor Rosiens class at Queen Elizabeth Public School and Sandy Bennetts class at Central School for their participation, plus all who donated to the cause. Paige, centre front, was set up at J&Js Chocolate Senations recently where, from left, Jeff Dick, Erin Briscoe and Casey Gaddes also enjoyed the spirt of the fundraiser. Mercury Weekender photo by LUCY HASS

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    Melissa and Kirby Morrison of Horton Town-ship arent the only area residents who believe municipalities should do something about peoples wandering animals.

    The Morrisons, who allege neighbours hors-es have been causing damage to their property and harassing pets, have asked Horton to look into adopting or creating a livestock containment bylaw.

    Matthew Dagg, 20, is of a similar opinion after he swerved his Ford Escort to miss a brown horse wandering on Kohlsmith Road, about 3 a.m., only to hit and kill a black horse seconds later. He was returning from his job as a bouncer at a Pembroke bar.

    I turned to the right and missed it (the first horse, by about six inches), and hit the second one about 20 feet later, said Dagg.

    I saw a little bit of shine (on the horse) and I knew I wasnt going to miss him and I put my head down (to brace for the collision).

    Dagg has seen horses wandering on local roads before, but not at this time of the day.

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    MAKING HOLIDAY MAGIC Unhappy ending for wandering Whitewater horseDiscussion on need for control of live-stock in Horton, Whitewater continues

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    Continued from frontYeah, but usually in the day time, and

    you see them about a mile before, said Matthew Dagg, who has been driving since he was 16 years old.

    After seeing the Mercury Weekender story (Dec. 10, 2009) about allegations of wandering horses and trespassing in Horton Township, Dagg decided to call the paper.

    I think its a pretty dangerous thing. A horse is a pretty big thing, he says. Im really lucky the horse didnt come through the windshield.

    Its not the first time hes seen local ani-mals wandering on the roads, though.

    A few years ago, there was a problem with wandering goats and cattle. But he says those situations were eventually solved when the cattle were moved and the number of goats was cut back to a small number of well-behaved goats.

    Dagg says the previous problems were caused by the lack of maintained fencing. He acknowledged that fallen trees can create openings in fencing.

    After hitting the horse Sunday morn-ing, Dagg says there needs to be teeth in local bylaws to protect people from wan-dering livestock.

    If you have the animals, they should be properly fenced in. There should defi-nitely be some kind of penalty if theres a consistent problem, says Dagg.

    DEAD HORSES OWNERKathryn Michaud, owner of the seven-

    year-old thoroughbred (Curragh) who was killed Sunday morning, agrees regu-lations are needed to deal with continu-ous infractions.

    A continuous problem suggests the ani-mals owner is negligent, says Michaud. But she says Curragh was a gentle giant who stayed close to home. She called it a fluke that she was out there.

    Michaud says she has walked her 32-acre property to find an opening in the fencing, but found none yet.

    Meanwhile, she says her other horse

    (Wishaw), one pony and two miniature horses are being contained by electrical fencing closer to the barn.

    You fix fences, but occasionally you cant find the flipping hole, said Michaud. Things happen, nature happens.

    There is protection for drivers who strike livestock or wildlife on the roads, says Steven Postmas of Ottawa Valley Insurance. Drivers are covered under the comprehensive section of their insur-ance, with compensation provided for vehicle replacement or repairs.

    Daggs accident is still under investiga-tion, but Dagg says hes been told hell receive a replacement vehicle or finan-cial compensation.

    LOCAL REGULATIONSDaggs own municipality of Whitewa-

    ter Region Township actually has a live-stock-containment bylaw. The bylaw was passed in August 2009 after recurring incidents of wandering animals.

    We had issues with too many livestock running at large, and the only enforce-ment we had was the livestock act, said Benoit, noting the act calls for miniscule compensation to residents who have to transport others nuisance livestock.

    The new bylaw says residents now have the right, under specified conditions, to impound trespassing cattle until damage is paid for, or to sell the animals if the damage remains unpaid.

    Meanwhile, Horton Township is look-ing to solve recent allegations of tres-passing horses on Eady Road.

    Hortons chief administrative officer, Mackie McLaren, says three local fencer viewers are being called to view the fenc-es in question on Eady Road.

    They, in turn, will determine if one or more households will pay for any fence repairs.

    Theres a mechanism in place that controls fences between neighbours, and Ive encouraged the Morrisons to start that process (through the Line Fences Act), said McLaren.

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    The aftermath of this HIghway 17 two-vehicle collision just west of Arnprior. At left, the tractor-trailer truck. At right, local fi refi ghters survey the car from which a driver was pulled with serious injuries. Photos by MIKE YEAS

    Car driver suffers serious injuries after Highway 17 collisionJOHN CARTER

    john.carter@metroland.comA driver was seriously injured in a

    serious two-vehicle collision on Highway 17 about five kilometers west of Arnprior early Saturday morning.

    The Ontario Provincial Police reported that a car collided with a tractor-trailer truck about 2 a.m. near Scheel Drive. The vehicles were travelling in opposite directions.

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    Braeside firefighters also attended and helped pull the victim from the car. He was rushed to Ottawa hospital with seri-ous injuries. The truck driver was not seriously injured.

    The highway was closed between

    Scheel Drive and Calabogie Road until Saturday afternoon. Traffic was diverted through White Lake and Burnstown or along River Road.

    Police had not released the name of the driver of the car at press time.

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