The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 19, 2013

South Fork's pet policies could change after recent rottweiler attacks

Patrick Buchnowski

SOUTH FORK — Borough officials in South Fork met on Monday to tweak its animal ordinance. The ordinance review came during a special meeting held at the borough building.

Borough Council hopes to have the ordinance ready for final review on Sept. 9 before scheduling a public meeting.

Review of animal laws comes after animal attacks involving four rottweilers.

The dogs attacked a cat, tearing off one of its legs, and killed a small dog.

“It goes back to the owner not being responsible,” council Vice President Richard Vivian said.

One of the rottweilers was put down and the owner moved from the area, taking the other three dogs, borough police Chief Shawn McDonald said.

Council reviewed restrictions on the number of dogs placed on families and penalties for ordinance violators.

“Numerous people in the borough were concerned,” McDonald said. “We’re taking measures to make the community safer.”

South Fork’s animal ordinance was last updated in 2005.