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Dog bite numbers up in Gosnell

A dog runs down the street in Gosnell. (Source: KAIT) A dog runs down the street in Gosnell. (Source: KAIT)
GOSNELL, AR (KAIT) -

Dog owners in Gosnell may be on a short leash if their pets hurt someone, according to police.

Gosnell Police Chief Darrell Watkins told Region 8 News that the number of dog bite cases has increased this year and that owners will be punished.

The city approved an ordinance in 2009 to deal with the issue. 

"Last Saturday I was driving around the city and a person had to have a big PVC pipe with them just walking down the street,” Watkins said. “So that told me that dogs have probably bothered them just walking down the street, and that’s not right.”

Per the city’s ordinance, owners are considered responsible for their dog's behavior as well as their actions.

If a dog bites a person, the owner will be cited and the city's animal control will be called. The ordinance also allows city officials to quarantine the animal.  

Watkins said the need is great this time of the year due to children being outside and they’re urging dog owners to put them on a leash.

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