Pennsylvania faces a crisis. Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the number of filed dog bite complaints (988) in 2016. The adverse effects of dogs that are not under the care, control, and custody of their owner continues to grow as state and municipal budgets slash appropriations for animal control officers. One officer is often assigned to two, three, or more counties and expected to patrol an enormous geographical area. In addition to a cut in personnel, other resources have similarly been curtailed, effectively reducing what was already an insufficient level of service and support.
A Pocono Country Place Property Owners Association (APCPPOA), located in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, initiated an effort to seek additional state support for the control of unleashed dogs during their Field Day event earlier this year. This initial effort produced over one hundred letters of support. The association plans to continue pursuing additional resources through the efforts of its Environmental Committee and has made a copy of their letter available both to residents and non-residents and is extending its efforts to neighboring associations and communities throughout Monroe and Carbon Counties.
“Our goal,” Community Manager Cathy Dunn, CMCA, AMS, PCAM says, “is to take our concern to local governing bodies, county government, and the state legislature as the issue extends beyond just dog warden coverage. With this effort, we are hopeful that the deficiency of current legislative appropriation and regulation will be addressed.”
“There’s no such thing as too much participation and support,” Dunn says. “Numbers matter and the more individuals and community associations who speak up, the greater our impact will be. If we can accomplish changes in state regulations, it will not only improve the issues we face here at A Pocono Country Place but also reduce these same concerns for other Pennsylvania residents.”
For more information on how your community association can participate in this effort, please contact Cathy Dunn via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.