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Folks say Neighborhood Terrorized by Loose Dogs
DAYTON -- A neighborhood terrorized by pit bulls., at least that's what folks who live there say.
Renee Boyd says a pit bull lunged at her in the backyard of her Weaver Street home.
"I was like right there at the clothesline," Boyd explained Friday. "And you look around and you try to grab something and all you have is a clothespin which is no weapon at all."
Renee's story is common in this West Dayton neighborhood. Folks who live there say dogs run rampant, terrorizing the neighborhood.
Just ask the mailman, who tells us he's attacked almost weekly and he has to protect himself. Along with his mail and pepper spray, he carries a machete.
"They are very aggressive. On leashes, without leashes. And they're everywhere. and its better that we all come together to find out how we can help each other," Weaver St. resident Patricia Rickman said.
Rickman is hosting a neighborhood watch party Saturday to discuss issues facing the community. On the top of that list.: dangerous dogs.
"The owners just need to keep them locked up, away from the community," Boyd added.
But for some dog owners keeping them locked up means tying them up with ropes and chains creating miserable and aggressive pets. That's exactly why the city strengthened its leash ordinance last month making it illegal to chain your dog up 24/7.
Mayor Nan Whaley says the city has to start at the root of the issue. Change how dogs are treated and housed and in turn change their behavior.
"It's complaint driven like all housing issues in our city, so you can now and it's enforced," Mayor Whaley expelled. "We have to set community standards. We have to count on our neighborhoods and people in our neighborhoods to help enforce those."
To report a loose dog or any dog chained up for extended periods of time call the city at 898-4457.
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