There has been reports of dog problems around south end of Wintergreen Drive. These have included children that have been bitten and harassed by dogs that apparently have run out of the fenced backyard. It seems that this is a recurring problem that has persisted for quite a while. Since I do not have intimate knowledge of the circumstances I think that it would be a good idea for member that have experienced this problem to post this information as comments to this post.
It is important for us all to ensure that our pets are not a threat to others, a nuisance to the neighbors, and an embarrassment to our community. I suggest that we take a harsh line in such cases and simply call the Sherrif’s office animal control department (317-773-1300) to immediately take care of the problem when it occurs. Please use the guidance below taken from Animal Control Ordinance
AT LARGE: Any animal off the premises of the person owning, keeping or harboring such animal and while off such premises, not under control of such person or person’s family member either by leash, cord, chain or other physical restraint.
PUBLIC NUISANCE: Any animal which:
(1) Interferes with passersby or passing vehicles;
(2) Attacks other animals or persons;
(3) Trespasses on school grounds or other public property;
(4) Is at large or unrestrained;
(5) Damages private or public property;
(6) Barks, whines, howls or makes other sounds common to its species in excess or
(7) Is offensive or dangerous to public health, safety or welfare by virtue of the number and/or types of animals maintained.
PUBLIC NUISANCE ANIMALS: No person shall own or harbor a public nuisance as defined in this Section.
NOISY DOGS: No person shall allow the continuous barking, yelping, whining or howling of a dog. The humane officer may take steps immediately to correct the situation and cause the noise to be abated, either through issuance of a citation, or impounding the animal if no owner or agent can be found at the time of disturbance.