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Plum council approves new one-year deal with Hoffman Kennels

Michael DiVittorio
| Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, 1:18 p.m.

Plum officials have inked a new deal with the borough’s dog catcher.

Council voted 6-0 at its Nov. 14 meeting to give Delmont-based Hoffman Kennels another year of business. Councilman John Anderson was absent.

Borough Manager Michael Thomas said Plum agreed to pay $360 a month for dog control services, an increase of $5 per month from last year. Hoffman Kennels has served the Plum area for more than 20 years.

The agreement states the company will patrol the borough at least three days a week in search of dogs at large and respond to calls for dog catching.

It will hold all stray dogs, unlicensed and of good health, for 48 hours before they are “humanely destroyed,” according to the agreement.

Kennel representatives could not be reached.

Shannon Powers, press secretary at the state Department of Agriculture, said in September that the kennel was inspected recently, and there are no pending charges filed by the department against Hoffman.

Several inspection reports concluded Hoffman is compliant with the state’s dog and animal cruelty laws.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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