Northampton County community on edge after loose dogs attack woman, kill pet near Willow Drive

NORTH CATASAUQUA BOROUGH, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Police in Northampton County, Pennsylvania have warned of dangerous dogs whose attacks have hospitalized a woman and killed a pet.

North Catasauqua Police say the problems with the dogs living on Willow Drive began Sept. 9 when the dogs got out and attacked a 70-year-old woman and then killed a neighbor’s pet.

Neighbors say the roaming pit bulls have been a known problem on their block for years.

“We used to have my daughter’s dog and they attacked him once but he fought them off. He was a bigger dog,” said John Remington, a neighbor. “I would be afraid for everyone, every little animal, every child.”

Police say they captured the dogs after the September 9 attacks and placed them in the county’s kennel for the weekend. But days later, the warden ordered them to return the pets.

“If it was a human attacking someone and hurting them that badly, they would be in jail, but the dog is just returned home to potentially escape again,” Chief Chris Wolfer said.

On September 24, Chief Wolfer said the dogs got out again and attacked several people and pets.

“It’s just not fair that these dogs have to stay in the community,” he said. “Everyone up there lives in fear. There are people up there who walk their dogs with guns. It’s just not a safe environment for anyone.”

Police issued around 15 summonses to the owners, including harboring dangerous dogs and cruelty to animals. At this time, however, officers cannot take the dogs away until a court hearing takes place.

“I’m scared to death. Every morning I go out and have to look around,” said one woman at a district meeting Monday night.

The owners were also present. They apologized and said they plan to keep the dogs inside.

“I’m really sorry, but I’m really trying. And I’m afraid my family will die while I’m trying to improve the situation,” the owner said.

A court hearing is scheduled for October 24. Action News has reached out to the owners for further comment, but we have received no response.

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