Recently, I sent a letter to Gloversville Mayor Dayton King and the Common Council members asking that they consider a local law to limit the number of dogs at a city residence. I was not given the courtesy of a reply from any of them.
The following is my Nov. 27 letter:
"Dear council members and Mayor King,
I intended to speak at tonight's meeting, but I am unable to attend. I am wondering how many of you know that there is no limit in the code that specifies how many dogs a resident in the city can have.
On Nov. 24 at around 10 p.m., my grandson was walking our dog on our street. When he passed a house, the owner opened the door and out came five or six dogs who came at my grandson and our small dog. These were not 'yippy, yappy ankle-biting' dogs. These were large dogs. Needless to say, my grandson was scared and did his best to protect our dog. They had him surrounded, snapping, barking and growling. Luckily, he did not get bit and the dog is OK. Fortunately, the owner came out to get his dogs when he heard the ruckus.
This house has a sign in front of it proclaiming that 'Electronic Fence' training was in progress. When the owner was corralling the dogs, a man with him said, 'Dude, your fence is not working.' The owner replied, 'I know,' and then they started to laugh. They never spoke a word to my grandson. They did not ask if he was OK, was he hurt, nothing. My grandson turned and ran home. One dog chased him and our dog down the street to our house.
I spoke with the City Clerk who informed me that there is no limit to the number of dogs a resident can have. After hearing this, I did not call the police, nor the animal control officer. With no law on the books, there would be nothing they could do. I believe a local law should be considered to rectify this situation."
City residents, be advised that if someone moves into your neighborhood with four or six or 10 dogs, there is nothing you can do. It is perfectly legal in the city of Gloversville.