N. Catty police chief urges folks to remain vigilant over loose, ‘dangerous’ dogs

North Catasauqua’s police chief is urging the public to remain vigilant over what he described as loose, dangerous dogs attacking residents and domestic pets.

Police Chief Christopher Wolfer took to the department’s Facebook page Thursday to release a statement about two separate incidents this month involving the dogs. Wolfer did not state the breed of the animals in his statement.

The first incident happened on Sept. 9 involving two dogs attacking a female and fatally attacking a domestic cat, along Willow Drive, Wolfer said. The incident led to the borough’s reverse 911 system to be enacted with a message for all residents to shelter-in-place until law enforcement was able to contain the loose dogs.

The dogs’ owner was located and the dogs were placed into the borough’s kennel while the state’s dog warden was notified, Wolfer said. The dogs’ owner on Sept. 12 refused to sign over possession of the dogs to the warden, he said.

The chief is in the process of getting the dogs classified as “dangerous” by the state, he said. If successful, severe restrictions will be put in place against the dogs that would eliminate potential harm in the community. Since the hearing is pending, the state’s dog warden then instructed Wolfer to return the dogs back to the owner.

On Sept. 24, the dogs became loose again from a back yard and aggressively charged at multiple people and pets, Wolfer said. The chief states he has tried every avenue and resource — calling multiple lawmakers, law officials, and state organizations — to remove the dogs from the community to no avail.

“All calls were made with the same result and it has been determined that we have no legal authority to remove the dogs from the community and that nothing more can be done until the court hearing,” the chief said.

Residents should be on the lookout for loose dogs and call 911 immediately if spotted and get to a place of safety, he added.

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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at [email protected].

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