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Licking County: Officers warn residents to follow leash laws

As the weather warms, police departments often respond to calls about animals running at large.

"In the spring, we definitely see more calls (about dogs) but it happens all year long," said Larry Williams, deputy dog warden for Licking County.

The Pataskala Division of Police and an officer from the county dog warden's office were called April 16 to the 200 block of Spring Street in Pataskala after a jogger reported being bitten by an unleashed dog.

Williams said the dog, a German shepherd, wasn't at the scene when the officers arrived. It had been confined to its owner's home, according to reports.

The dog warden's office issued a citation to a 41-year-old man for failure to confine an animal and for having a vicious dog.

The man was ordered to quarantine the dog for 10 days.

"People do need to keep their dogs on leashes," Pataskala Police Chief Bruce Brooks said. "There's a city leash law. All dogs have to be on a leash if they are off of your property."

Mayor Steve Butcher said Pataskala's city ordinance 505.01 governs the control of "dogs and other animals running at large."

People who violate the ordinance are guilty of a minor misdemeanor. That can potentially increase to a third-degree misdemeanor if three offenses occur within 12 months.

If an animal "causes physical harm to any person or other domestic animal," the owner can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, according to the ordinance.

In other recent incident reports from the Pataskala Division of Police:

* A 14-year-old boy was involved in a bicycle crash April 19 on Tyler Avenue and attempted to flee the scene. He was found and deemed intoxicated. The boy was transported to the hospital at 1:18 p.m. April 19.

* A 40-year-old man was arrested for OVI at 12:21 a.m. April 20on Broad Street at Taylor Road. The man's vehicle was impounded.

* A 24-year-old man was arrested for OVI at 1:08 a.m. April 21 on Broad Street at Taylor Road.