The Adamstown Borough Council has heard a resident express serious concern over “at least six recent dog attacks across the borough, not just on Main Street.”
Toni Mumma, who told council that a woman walking her dog was knocked over and her pet bitten, asked about borough regulations governing dogs.
Sam A. Toffy, administrative secretary, replied that the borough follows state law, which requires that all dogs must be licensed, have current rabies vaccinations and must be under control at all times.
“This does not necessarily mean on a leash, but under control,” she emphasized.
Councilman David E. Gundrum advised that residents have two courses of action: either to work with the area dog warden or with the police department.
Toffy said Travis Hess, state dog warden for northern Lancaster County, recently visited borough hall and can be reached at 717-805-3442, adding that fines for dog law infractions can reach $300.
Although Police Chief George C. Beever reported on seven criminal incidents the East Cocalico Police Department had handled in the borough over the previous month, he said that no calls were received about dog attacks.
Mumma said she now carries a club while walking her dog and asked that dog owners muzzle animals they know can be aggressive.