Thursday, March 4, 2010

Why can't all cities do this?

An article brought to my attention from Somerville, NJ. Apparently there, the Police are allowed to not only respond to dog barking complaints but can take the dog if they can't contact the owner. It's genius! Why do most of us suffer under a system that does nothing in these situations?

"Summons Issued for Barking Dog
David Weaver, of 14 Bell Avenue in Somerville, was issued a special compliant for a barking dog after officers arrived at the address for a report of a dog left outside that was continually making noise howling and yelping,

A medium sized mutt was observed chained to a dog house on the west side of the property on February 26 at 11:35 p.m. Officers were unsuccessful in making contact with the owner to have the dog brought inside. They then left the scene.

Officers again arrived at the same house at 12:40 a.m. on Feb 27 for reports of a barking dog from numerous unknown residents. Police were again unsuccessful in contacting the owner, so they used an animal snare to control the dog, unchained the animal and transported the dog to police headquarters. Animal control was contacted and took control of the dog.

At 5:15 p.m. on February 27, David Weaver contacted police about his dog being missing. Police informed Weaver of the events that transpired and issued the special compliant."

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