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Liberty resident questions police response

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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 4:31 a.m.

A Liberty resident voiced concerns at a council meeting Wednesday about the police response to a run-in she had with a neighbor's dog.

Tammy Geyer told council that a pit bull jumped on her and tried to bite her in the 3300 block of Orchard Drive on Sept. 12 at about 6:35 a.m.

Geyer said the dog grabbed at her several times but did not break her skin.

“He kept hitting me with his head,” she said.

Geyer said she called police but got a lackluster response.

Police Chief Luke Riley came to her home, she said, but did not take her name or address for a report.

Geyer said a neighbor who had a problem with the dog at about 4:30 that morning reported it to police but did not get a response.

Animal control officer Ken Ferree investigated, but the dog remained in the home, Geyer said.

Councilwoman Jane Weigand said she would contact Riley on Thursday to find out why there was no response to the initial report.

“If the dog is a problem, the dog should be removed,” Weigand said, noting that the dog could have bitten children on their way to school.

In other business, council approved an ordinance that prohibits police vehicles from leaving the borough unless they are going to neighboring communities for mutual aid.

Council condemned a dilapidated property at 909 Glen Avenue. The borough plans to apply for demolition funds through the Twin Rivers Council of Governments.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or

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