The problem of dog attacks in Adamstown may have taken a turn for the worse.
Last month, resident Toni Mumma told borough council of at least six dog attacks in her part of town.
At Tuesday’s meeting, resident John W. Wojtowicz reported that he and his dog were attacked for the third time, in this case “by a large and vicious dog that was very determined to cause injury,” several weeks ago in the 100 block of East Main Street.
“That dog took off so fast it pulled its owner into railings that knocked her out, with an ambulance then taking her to the hospital,” he said.
Wojtowicz said his 100-pound golden retriever suffered puncture wounds to the neck, while he was covered in blood and suffered a knee injury that still hasn’t healed.
He emphasized that the East Cocalico Township Police Department, which patrols the borough, responded right away and talked to the dog’s owners.
“There’s women in town who walk dogs and they wouldn’t stand a chance,” he said.
Wojtowicz asked council to consider enacting a muzzle law for dogs involved in violent incidents.
“The muzzle isn’t to punish the dog but to also protect the owner,” he said.
Police Chief George C. Beever said that a muzzle law would need a specific definition of what constitutes an attack, adding that an officer last week responded to a complaint about a fight between two dogs.
“The state dog laws that require 100 percent control of one’s pets were explained to the two owners and a warning was issued,” he said.
Council President Randy O. Good asked Mayor Dean M. Johnson to look into muzzle regulations.