Local community held meeting discussing concerns surrounding dangerous dog attacks

Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 11:21 PM EDT
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Members of the Northwood Pines community gathered at the senior recreation center to discuss the issues surrounding recent dog attacks.

"I've lost count of the number of loose dog encounters that we've had where we're walking our dog and other dogs are just running around on the street," stated Virginia Brissette-Hirshik.

Brissette-Hirshik says she lives right across the street from where the most recent dog attack took place.

Five dogs escaped through a neighbors' fence and attacked three different families about a month ago.

" The most recent attack I want to say the day after the attack so not before the attack the day after the attack our neighbor as told that if there's an incident like this again that you should get yourself a gun, I think you heard him say, he got one," stated Brissette-Hirshik.

But the topic of animal ownership took the room by surprise.

"It was shocking to me that there was no limit on the number of animals you can own," stated Brissette-Hirshik.

"I was certainly surprised that there is no limit on the number of the dogs that you can keep in the city limits but again I'm glad to be to identify a problem that I can bring back to my colleagues at the commission and talk about solutions for," stated City Commissioner Harvey Ward.

"I think it's preposterous that you could have 10 or 40 animals with no consequence in the city when in the county I believe I understood that you can't have more than 10 dogs or cats," stated Brissette-Hirshik.

In the city limits of Gainesville, there are no limits on the number of domestic animals someone can own. The county has a limit of 10.

There will be a third meeting to continue addressing the concerns surrounding safety measures and code enforcement as it relates to pet owners. However, the date and time for that meeting have not been set yet.

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