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Does Beacon's Dog Warden actually "catch" dogs?

Someone a few houses away has two dogs that terrorize our neighborhood. They roam leashless at various times during the day, and regularly bark at and chase hikers coming up and down Pocket Road. Of course they crap on everyone else's lawns and annoy everyone but their owners.

I have complained to the dog owners with no success. Of course these are the kind of people who, when confronted with the issue, proceed to slap the dog's snout and yell at the dog because as we all know this problem is the dog's fault.

After speaking with the Dog Warden I was informed that the dogs were found to be unlicensed and they were sent a warning several months ago. Since then I have yet to get anyone to answer the phone or return any of my voicemails.

Once again I find myself faced with, what seems to me to be, a simple problem to resolve yet I find myself spinning my wheels.

Has anyone successfully resolved a dog problem through the City of Beacon Dog Warden's office?

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Comment by TC on January 20, 2011 at 4:57pm
Thanks for all the support. After finding a 'present' under the snow while shoveling the edge of my driveway I reached out to the dog warden (directly this time) who knows the history with this and will go by again in the next few to see if he can get results. I'll get in touch with those affected who spoke up here if that doesn't stick, and take it to the mayor/city council. It sounds like the warden is running out of tools to address it further on his own.
Comment by Christine Jamin on December 26, 2010 at 4:26pm
I'll sign too.  I know all of those over on Van Kleeck and Laurel are fed up... Especially those of us with pets who have been accosted.
Comment by Sannebear on December 24, 2010 at 8:35am
let me know if you need a signature
Comment by TC on December 23, 2010 at 6:35pm
Thanks. I'm way ahead of you. After the New Year I'm going to proceed with some type of action, using a printout of this thread as a starting point. We'll see if any more neighbors post their experiences here.

I genuinely hate to bring the police into this because they have more important things to deal with and of course the brotherly connection is going to lessen its effectiveness. It's a shame that someone can be inconsiderate to everyone in his neighborhood and also repeatedly break the law with no repercussions. That said, I am aware this problem isn't the biggest Beacon faces today.
Comment by Andy Brown on December 23, 2010 at 6:21pm
maybe you should write letters at the same time or all sign the same letter. i know with the building dept if you want to complain about a neighbor's property a call doesn't get much done, but a letter is considered a formal complaint and has to be responded to.  cc the mayor, sarah pasti, the police.
Comment by Sannebear on December 23, 2010 at 5:59pm
These dogs are a menace, and it does not help that the father of the owner is a cop.  I had a right go at him one morning walking my son to school with my very laid back dog(we live down Mtn Ln).  he said he was going to get rid of them, but of course he hasn't.  One of the neighbors near this menace has told me that over the past 20 years or so it has always been the same song and dance - complaints made and nothing ever gets done about it.  You could try the mayor or Sarah Pasti, or local councilor, but I have very little faith in them.  Maybe try the State Troopers?  We're animal lovers in our house, but I would not be bereft if something were to happen to them...
Comment by Christine Jamin on December 23, 2010 at 12:50pm
I live near you and have called the dog warden about these dogs too.  When I walk my dogs the big black one charges at us.  They knocked over a young woman in front of me on her way to hike and that was the last straw for me.  The dog warden told me to call the police if they were out during the day and that the dog warden was going to stop by randomly and pick up the dogs if they were out.  I think it is a matter of continuing to call when there are issues.
Comment by TC on December 22, 2010 at 9:09am
I have not called the police yet because the owner of the home is a Fishkill policeman. Unfortunately I have found that there have been numerous complaints from others about these dogs that have gone unresolved. Why would I think there is no enforcement issue simply because this is a 'fellow officer'?
Comment by Andy Brown on December 22, 2010 at 6:12am
Have you tried calling the police?  I have a friend on East Main that found a dog in his yard and called the police about it and they responded.  This is a bigger problem than that.
Comment by Catherine Sweet on December 21, 2010 at 1:12pm

I know EXACTLY which dogs you're talking about — I used to live on East Main, and walk my dog up Pocket Road to the trails. Once, one of the dogs was in the middle of East Main and my boyfriend tried to slow down an oncoming driver (white minivan) who then yelled at us. Later issues led us to believe that the driver might have been one of the owners. o_0


Unfortunately, I've never dealt with the Dog Warden's office. My calls about those dogs were never returned. May you have better luck than I did!

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