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Lansford officials confronting dog problems

Published October 27. 2010 05:00PM

Lansford is going to the dogs, and borough officials want to put a leash on it.

The matter arose at a Public Safety Committee meeting Monday when Code Enforcement Officer Katheryn Labosky said she has been increasingly confronted by dogs mostly pit bulls when she visits homes for inspections.

"They come running at you before you have a chance to brace yourself," she said.

Labosky also said she almost hit a dog running on the street recently.

Police Chief John Turcmanovich added his experiences, saying that just days ago he had to defend himself against a pit bull.

The dog was trying to get into a yard occupied by another dog, he said, and the pit bull "came after me. I gave him a shot of pepper spray and he ran down the street."

The dog had no collar or tags, he said.

Committee chairman Tommy Vadyak said his wife was recently chased by a pit bull.

Officials agreed they have no problems with the breed - as long as the dogs are licensed and leashed.

The borough requires dogs to be under the control of their owners at all times, and that owners not allow their dogs to bark excessively, Turcmanovich said. Violators can be fined from $25-$300.

in other matters Monday, the committee discussed new weight restrictions on a bridge in the Andrewsville area of the borough. Andrewsville is in a wedge of Summit Hill at the eastern end of Lansford, just before the Panther Valley High School.

The weight restrictions were imposed by the state Department of Transportation, which has not told the borough why, according to officials.

PennDOT spokesman Sean Brown said Tuesday morning that the agency limited weight on that bridge earlier this month after a routine inspection revealed that there was "deterioration of the main bridge members (concrete box beams)," he said. The bridge is safe for traffic under 30 tons, and has a 40-ton restriction for combination trucks. All state-owned bridges are inspected at least once every two years, he said.

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