Northampton County community is competing after stray dogs attack woman, kill pet near Willow Drive

NORTH CATASAUQUA BOROUGH, Pennsylvania (WPVI) – Police in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, have issued a warning about dangerous dogs, whose attacks sent a woman to the hospital and killed a pet.

North Catasauqua Police said the problem with the dogs, who live on Willow Drive, began on September 9 when the dogs rushed out and attacked a 70-year-old woman and then killed a neighbor’s pet.

Neighbors say bull roaming has been a known problem in their property for years.

“We used to have my daughter’s dog and they attacked her once but she fought with them. It’s a bigger dog,” said neighbor John Remington. “I would be afraid of anyone, any small animal, any child.”

Police said after the September 9 attack they captured the dogs and put them in a kennel in the county for the weekend. But a few days later, they received instructions from the warden to return the pets.

“If it was a human attacking someone and injuring them that badly, they would go to jail, but the dog only gets to return home so it can escape again,” Sheriff Chris Wolfer said. speak.

On September 24, Sheriff Wolfer said the dogs rushed out again and lunged at some people and pets.

“It’s not fair that these dogs have to stay in the community,” he said. “Everybody up there is living in fear. There are people up there walking their dogs with weapons. It’s not a safe environment for anyone.”

The police department gave owners about 15 citations including harboring dangerous dogs and cruelty to animals. However, at this time, officers cannot take the dogs away until a trial takes place.

“I’m scared to death. Every morning when I go out, I have to look around,” one woman said at a meeting in the county on Monday night.

The owners were also in attendance. They apologized and said they plan to keep the dogs indoors.

“I’m really sorry, but I’m really trying. And I’m afraid that my family will die while I’m trying to fix the situation,” the owner said.

A court hearing is scheduled for October 24. Action News has reached out to the owner for further comment but we have not received a response.

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