Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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.

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