Community volunteers are being sought to serve on Lewis County Public Health & Social Services’ (LCPHSS) new Dangerous Animal Designation Board, the county recently announced.

The five-member board will conduct hearings in dangerous animal cases that arise in Lewis County. Hearings occur any time a resident receives a dangerous animal notification from the county, at which time they are required to attend a hearing to determine whether the animal is, in fact, dangerous. The hearings last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

According to Bill Teitzel, the LCPHSS environmental services division supervisor, the board was formed to allow increased public participation in the dangerous animal determination process.

Teitzel said the county usually sees one to two cases per month during the spring and summer, and fewer cases during the fall and winter.

Qualified board applicants will be able to read, interpret, and apply evidence according to Lewis County Code; be attentive in extremely emotional situations; be non-partial; understand the nature of animals; and recuse oneself if and when conflicts of interest arise.

Applications can be accessed here, and are due by Sept. 28, 2018.