Statement issued Tuesday:
City of Fort Wayne – Animal Care & Control is asking dog owners to use extra caution in keeping dogs properly confined as the school year resumes. Children walking to and from schools and waiting on school buses should be safe from free-roaming dogs.
The department asks that dog owners secure gates and latches, and repair fences as needed to keep dogs confined to property.
As part of its ongoing efforts to keep children safe from dog bites, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control will participate in Student Focus on Health this fall in various school locations. Bite prevention education will be distributed to help children learn safe behavior with dogs and how to respond should they encounter a stray dog.
Stray dogs should be reported when the violation occurs by calling Animal Care & Control at 427-1244. Animal Control Officers are available for assistance from 6 a.m.-1 a.m. and for emergency call out from 1 a.m-6 a.m. daily.