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Q: Regarding the What's Up question in the April 30 Roundup about new house numbers in Mesa del Caballo, it's a fallacy that the people in that community think they are protected by the new system. The numbers were supposed to be distributed by the end of January and they weren't.

A: Mesa del Caballo Fire Chief Frank Hansen says the enhanced 911 system is in place and operational, using both the old lot numbers and the new four-digit numbers provided by Gila County.

The Mesa del Caballo Fire Department distributed as many numbers as possible on a volunteer basis. Through a glitch in the county's system, some 60 lots were not provided numbers and another 100 property owners were unreachable, according to Mesa del Community Center President Don Ennen, who was in charge of distribution.

"We went door-to-door and even hung the numbers for those who wanted us to," Ennen said. "Seventy-five percent of Mesa del has the new numbers, and we've turned everything back over to the county."

The county is currently in the process of providing numbers to those property owners who were not assigned them, and of mailing numbers to those property owners who do not live in the community. County residents with questions about the new system can call Larry Dorame, county rural addressing analyst, at 1-928-425-3231, ext. 8510.

Q: Is Arizona a state like New York where the owner is not responsible for the first bite by a dog?

A: Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department says Arizona dog owners get no such "wake-up" call.

"A statute in the Arizona animal control ordinances indicates that the owner of a dog or other animal is responsible and libel for any injuries inflicted by that animal."

Call 474-5251, ext. 147, to reach Roundup's What's Up? line. Leave your question on the answering machine and we'll try to find the answer.

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