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Electric City dog declared dangerous


The Electric City council declared a dog owned by Krayton Duclos as “potentially dangerous” at its meeting Tuesday night.

The complaint was filed by a neighbor, Gary Martin, who resides next to Duclos on Gerard Street.

Martin told police that Duclos’ dog, named “Volt,” had repeatedly tried to attack and bite him while he was riding his bike. He stated that he had to get off his bike and put it between himself and the dog to avoid getting bit.

Both Duclos and Martin attended the meeting, and the Volt also was present.

Martin stated that this has been going on for some time, but it came to a climax, according to a police report, on Oct. 24, when, Martin told police, the incident took place at 106 Gerard Street.

The dog was described by Martin as black or dark brown and white, with short legs, and a short, “smashed” nose and weighing about 30 pounds.

Martin said the dog had never bitten him, but was always threatening.

Councilmember Aaron Derr read from the city animal ordinance and noted that he hated to vote against the dog because it was more the owner’s fault for not keeping the dog under control.

The council voted unanimously for the “potentially dangerous dog” designation.

The city ordinance states that if Duclos wishes to object to the “potentially dangerous dog” charge he must do so within five days, and appear before the magistrate and explain why.

After the five-day period, it would be unlawful for Duclos to permit Volt to be outdoors or outside a proper enclosure unless the dog is muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain or leash.

Also, according to the ordinance, the dog must be indoors or inside a pen that doesn’t permit young children to enter it. The enclosure must have a “beware of dog” sign that can be read from at least 50 feet away.

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