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Erie's Animal Enforcement Officer Keeping Busy

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Erie police are investigating two recent dog attacks.
And the animal enforcement officer says with the weather warming, he's getting busier.

With the weather taking a turn for the better, Erie's animal enforcement officer says for him, it's meaning a lot more work.
As Erie's only animal enforcement officer, Rob Culbertson says already this year, he's investigated 7 incidents of dog attacks in the city.
And he says it's a trend that'll likely continue upward.

Just a head of national dog bite prevent week next week, State Farm just released a new report, showing Pennsylvania ranked number 5 in the county in dog bite clams.
Last year, there were 165 claims worth $4.5 million dollars.

Those statistics that don't surprise Culbertson.
He's currently investigating two recent attacks. On Thursday afternoon, a mailman was attacked by a dog on the east side. And Wednesday night a woman was bit on Erie's west side.

"A lot of its the weather. The dogs are getting agitated. A lot of people are out walking their dogs aren't paying attention and they're letting heir dogs roam a little bit further than what they should, and kids are getting bit because they go up to a dog, which they shouldn't do," said Culbertson.

Here are some tips from Culbertson:
Don't ever approach a loose dog you're not familiar with, call authorities and let them deal with it.

If you see an injured dog don't touch it, as it may bite in fear.

And know the signs of an aggressive/scared dog: tail between its legs, ears back, or hair standing up, those are all signs indicating the dog is agitated.

As for dog owners, Culbertson says make sure the dogs are on a leash, they're licensed, and don't assume they won't bite.

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