Citizen Criticizes Officials After Dog Attack
Salem, OR - In light of a recent dog attack that left several children injured, Bill Ryan of Salem speaks up. Officials should be concerned by Mr. Ryan's words. Currently two county animal control agencies are the subject of lawsuits by family members and victims. Both victims were brutally attacked; one of them lost her life.
"The incident reported in NE Salem of five children being attacked by a pack of roving dogs highlights the utter neglect of the safety of our neighborhoods by both the city and county elected officials.
Over a year ago while walking my dog, I was attacked by two dogs allowed to run free. My dog was injured and required veterinary treatment. The city police refused to come out to investigate, to contact the owners and make sure the neighborhood was safe. The city council representative and mayor said it was a county matter and none of their concern. The county dog control did not make contact with the dog's owner for a week. Eventually a hearing took place and some action happened.
But laws that allow dogs to be unrestrained and attack children, the underfunding of enforcement and the entire lack of concern for our children and neighborhoods from the threat of dog attack by our city and county government is appalling.
If you think your family is safe from dog attack, think again."
03/20/08: Dogs Attack a Group of Children in Oregon
02/01/08: Woman Sues County After Being Mauled by Boxers
12/07/07: Mauling Victim's Family Sues County Animal Control Officers