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Who Let the Dogs Out? Wild and Free Talkeetna Dogs Risk Impoundment

by Lorien Nettleton ~ June 21st, 2012

Animal Control Officer Darla Erskine was back in town to survey the streets of Talkeetna for dog-owner compliance with a borough leash-law. After two people were bit near Main Street last month, the office of Animal Control has taken a renewed interest in making people aware that their pets must be restrained in public, and what the consequences are should those pets, through no fault of their own, find themselves on the wrong side of the law.Regulations require all pets on public property to be physically restrained. Violations are subject to a one hundred dollar fine. Pets on private property can run free, but Erskine says they must be under voice control. Erskine did an informal count on Main Street, and says most people were doing the right thing.

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Animal Control is authorized to impound loose pets, which means hauling them down to Palmer, at which point the owner would need to drive to Palmer. Erskine says they aren’t out to haul first-time offenders away to the slammer. However, she says habitual offenders and dogs who have bitten people are more likely to have the book thrown at them.

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If an animal is classified as a threat, it may be required to be leashed at all times, including while at home on private property.

2 Responses to Who Let the Dogs Out? Wild and Free Talkeetna Dogs Risk Impoundment

  1. Gail Pearlman

    I find this very sad. Talkeetna’s reputation as “the town where the dogs run free” was one of the things that attracted me to Talkeetna in the first place, and during the two years I lived in Talkeetna that seemed to me to be one of the most civilized and pleasurable aspects of the town. Perhaps in response to their freedom, most of the dogs I encountered were friendly, better behaved than most humans, not hyper, and certainly not aggressive.

    I hope the enforcement of this new policy erodes in time.

  2. Paul Bratton

    I recently posted an analysis of the borough’s overreaching in enforcing the animal restraint code at backwoodslawyer.blogspot.com. Any resident has the right to prohibit entry onto their property by animal control officers under the code. You must either post your property or send notice to animal control.

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