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RIVERTON MAYOR WANTS ANIMAL ABUSE PROBE

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Mayor Dale Gardiner is demanding an investigation into reports of animal abuses at the city's horse arena and the lack of intervention by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department, which is contracted to provide police services in the city.

Ralph Wilberg, who lives across the street from the horse arena, told the council that he has witnessed numerous cases of abuse and has logged the dates and times of those incidents. He also told the council that on one occasion he witnessed a man hitting his horse on the head with a small wooden bat.Wilberg said he summoned a sheriff's deputy from a meeting at the nearby city building who also witnessed the abuse. He said the deputy refused to take action saying he needed to review city ordinances to determine what constituted animal abuse.

Gardiner said that response was unwarranted. He said he will make a formal request to the Sheriff's Department to investigate the incidents logged by Wilberg and will also demand an explanation for the deputy's lack of action after witnessing the abuse.

"He should know what abuse is and he should have taken some action," Gardiner said. "There's no excuse for that."

Wilberg also complained about the dust generated from the arena.