LOGAN — Since July, there have been at least six dog bite or attacks reported to the Logan Police Department. While there are city ordinances in place, some still allow their pets to run freely, which can sometimes end in disaster.
Logan City Ordinance 90.01 (B) (3) states: (a) Keep the dog physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision, or secure enclosure to prevent escape; (b) keep the dog under the reasonable control of some person.
Those who witness a dog running loose should according to the ordinance (5) © notify the local dog warden immediately if any of the following occurs: the dog is loose or unconfined; the dog bites a person, unless the dog is on the property of the owner of the dog, and the person who is bitten is unlawfully trespassing or committing a criminal act within the boundaries of that property; the dog attacks another animal while the dog is off the property of the owner of the dog.
In one of the reports filed with Logan Police Department, a child was bitten in the face by a dog, which resulted in the dog owner receiving a citation. Another report noted several dogs on Ohio Avenue had attacked a female.
In October there was yet another complaint filed regarding one dog attacking another dog on Zanesville Avenue. This also resulted in a citation for failure to confine.
Another citation was also issued in October due to a dog escaping a fenced yard and biting another dog and a woman. And in November, a warning was issued on a dog bite incident on East Hunter Street.
Dog bites can lead to rabies or tetanus infection. Immediate medical attention is needed when the bite is from a dog that has or might have rabies. Symptoms of infection include redness, swelling, increased pain and oozing.
Bite wounds from dogs can range from minor to life threatening and need to be treated immediately to prevent infection or complications. Those who have not received a tetanus shot within the past five years, a booster shot may be recommended as this may increase tetanus risk.
City Ordinance 90.10 deals with animal bites; reports and quarantine.
(A) Whenever any person is bitten by a dog or other animal, a report of the bite shall be made to the health commissioner within 24 hours. The dog or other animal inflicting a bite shall immediately be examined by a qualified veterinarian, and results of the examination shall be reported to the health commissioner within 24 hours.
At the direction of the health commissioner, the dog or other animal shall either be confined by its owner or harborer to his premises away from the public at large, or be placed under the supervision of a veterinarian at the owner’s or harborer’s expense. The isolation or observation period shall not be less than 10 days from the date the person was bitten, at which time report of the condition of the animal shall be made to the health commissioner.
(B) No person shall fail to comply with the requirements of this section or with any order of the health commissioner made pursuant thereto, nor fail to immediately report to the health commissioner any symptom or behavior suggestive of rabies.
(C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
During a recent Logan City Council meeting, Logan City Mayor Greg Fraunfelter said dogs running loose within the city limits would not be tolerated. Dog owners will be cited and/or fined.
According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year. It’s estimated that 800,000 of those bites require medical attention.
Statistics indicate the top five breeds of dogs that bite the most are Chihuahua, Bulldog, Pit Bull, German Shepherd and Australian Shepherd; followed by Lhasa Apso, Jack Russell Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Bull Terrier, Pekingese and Papillion.
Other statistics include:
• In 2017, there was an estimated 90 million dogs in the U.S.
• Eighty-one percent of dog bites cause no injury at all or only minor injuries.
• Dog bites sustained by children have been decreasing in the past decade.
• Most dog bites involve dogs who are not spayed or neutered.
• There are an estimated 6,244 U.S. Postal Service employees who suffered from dog bites in 2017.