Postal worker files tort claim; city reviews its dog ordinance

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By: Marisela Burgos

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 20, 2014)-- A local council in one central Indiana community will be considering making their dog ordinance tougher after recent attacks.

The Kokomo Common Council will listen to the first reading of the proposed new dog ordinance Monday night. Members of the council started working on the new ordinance after two postal workers were attacked.

Bob Cameron with the City Council (District 2) strongly felt changes needed to be made. He did not comment about a tort claim that was filed against the city by one of the postal workers.

Vicky Emry filed the tort claim after she said she was viciously attacked by a dog in January.

“Normally, they’ll bite and run away, (but) this one stuck around and tried to finish me off,” Emry said.

Emry had two surgeries on her index finger and has received a number of physical therapy sessions. She has not worked, since she was attacked. She said the attack happened in the front yard of a home along her route. She said the owner opened the door to give her outgoing mail, when the dog came out.

“It had me in the snow and was trying to bite my neck and my shoulders,” Emry said.

Cameron said the proposed new ordinance would require things like owners getting a $50,000 insurance policy.

“The message we’ve been putting out is that the public has to take heed and ownership of the dog,” Cameron said.

He urged animal control to follow the guidelines of the ordinance.

“They’ve got to really enforce this. They can’t go (and) pick a dog up, determined vicious or dangerous and turn around and give him back to the owner and nothing done,” Cameron said.

While Emry said she is not 100 percent satisfied with the possible new ordinance, she is hopeful it will help.

“We just want people to be safe and not scared to walk down the sidewalk,” Emry said.

The new dog ordinance does not single out one breed, it could apply to any dog breed.