Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Dogs at Large Causes Most Concern

Scott Hendricks, Blairstown’s Animal Control Officer (ACO) shared the concern that too many dogs in Blairstown Township run at large and adequate steps aren’t taken to keep them on their own property. 

“A dog roaming off-leash is not only a danger to itself in that it might get hit by a car but could cause an accident as the driver tries to avoid hitting the animal,” said Hendricks. “Plus, they can be aggressive when meeting, challenging other dogs. In a recent incident, a neighbor was walking his dog on a leash when a dog at large tried to engage the other dog. Fortunately, two other people saw the situation and restrained the dog at large.”

The law is very clear,

§ 62-10 Running at large.

No person owning, harboring or keeping any dog or dogs shall suffer or permit it/them to run at large upon the public streets or in any public park or in any public building or in any other public place within the Township. No person owning, harboring or keeping any dog or dogs shall suffer or permit it/them to run at large upon the lands or premises of any person, other than the person owning, keeping, maintaining, harboring or having charge of such dog or dogs, without the consent of the owner or lessee of such private lands and premises.

He added, “To date, there have been 35 dog at large incidents reported to animal control and more posted on Facebook. For the safety of your dog and your peace of mind, train your dog to obey and when off your property put a leash on it.”

Hendricks provided his Monthly Report for us to see what’s going on with Animal Controls in Blairstown Township.

Desiree Dunn
Desi L. Dunn, Writer
Managing Editor at Desiree L. Dunn, LLC

Born & educated in NY with an Environmental Science degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Desi's family resides in Hardwick with a young teen and several spoiled pets. Considering northwest Jersey to be a true gem, her commitment to the people and environs is exemplified by the many different jobs she's had - municipal & county official, election clerk, open space plan writer, newspaper & radio journalist, grant writer, events coordinator and farm market manager as well as retail, waitressing, archaeological digger and once for a short while in a very huge warehouse.

Her favorite was as a reporter for many years with the Recorder newspapers, Blairstown Press, Paulinskill Chronicle, Gannett publications plus WNTI Public Radio producing public affairs and human interest stories on-air.

She often has her camera ready to capture interesting people and events. She's thrilled to now serve as RVE's Managing Editor, helping fellow writers hone their skills and show you the issues as well as treasures that exist in North Warren, through their eyes.