An Amish father and son will be in a Logan County courtroom Wednesday. The men are facing charges of violating a local ordinance requiring owners to clean up after their large animals.
Amos Mast and his son Dan, both of Auburn, were cited this year by police for refusing to fit their horses with special bags to collect their droppings. The ordinance requires large animals to wear the collection devices in order to keep streets clear of feces.
Members of the Amish community object to the law, claiming the devices can spook their horses. The Mast family will take their case before a jury in Logan District Court.
The Masts are members of the Old Order Amish, the same sect involved in a legal battle a few years ago when they refused to place a slow-moving vehicle emblem on the back of their horse-drawn buggies. They objected to the bright orange emblem on religious grounds. The General Assembly eventually passed a law allowing the Amish to place reflective tape on their buggies.