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New Albany: Dog declared 'dangerous' after biting 15-year-old

New Albany police officers were called to investigate a dog bite Aug. 28 and turned the case over to Franklin County Animal Care and Control.

A 15-year-old girl found a Portuguese water dog running loose at Alpath Road and Ogden Woods Boulevard at 3:50 p.m. Aug. 28, according to the police report.

When the girl took a look at the dog's tag, she was bitten on the arm and on the back of the leg, the police report said.

Both bites broke the skin but there were no puncture wounds, the report said.

Dave Shellhouse, field supervisor for Franklin County Animal Care and Control, said the dog's owner, who lives nearby on McCurdy Drive, was cited for failure to control her dog and the dog was designated as dangerous.

Shellhouse said the dog now must be locked in an enclosure on the owner's property and kept on a 6-foot long or shorter leash when off the property. It must be neutered and must have a microchip, he said.

Shellhouse said the dangerous designation is part of a new law that went into effect in May 2012. There are three designations for dogs reported to police or animal control: nuisance, dangerous and vicious.

A dog can be declared a nuisance for threatening someone while off the owner's property.

A dog can be declared dangerous if it kills another dog or causes injury to a person. Shellhouse said the dog does not have to bite someone to be declared dangerous.

A dog can be declared vicious if it causes severe injury to its victim or kills its victim, Shellhouse said.

Shellhouse said dog owners have a 10-day period after a citation is issued to appeal any of the designations to Franklin County Municipal Court.

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* Officers are investigating the third reported theft of a Rumpke recycling bin in the past month.

This bin was reported taken from the 4000 block of Goodheart Court. The crime was reported Sept. 3 but the bin was taken between 9 a.m. July 1 and 1 p.m. July 30, the report said.

Interim Police Chief Greg Jones said he's not sure why the containers keep getting stolen.

He said he called Rumpke for suggestions on how to prevent the thefts and company officials told him containers can be marked, either with stickers or a marker, with the owner's address so they can be returned if found.

Jones said residents also should minimize the amount of time the bin is outside.

Jones said the bins are leased from Rumpke and people who have had one stolen must report it and present the police report to Rumpke to get another one.

* Police arrested a 26-year-old woman for OVI and failure to drive in marked lanes at 1:54 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central College Road and Grate Park.

* Police arrested a 37-year-old woman for OVI, failure to signal and improper left turn at 3:09 a.m. Sept. 4 on New Albany Road East, west of Traditions Drive.

* Police arrested a 29-year-old man for OVI and failure to light the rear license plate at 9:45 p.m. Aug. 30 on the westbound exit ramp of state Route 161 and Johnstown Road.

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