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Select Board conducts hearing

By Natasha Clark

Reminder Assistant Editor

LONGMEADOW Last week, Longmeadow resident Stephanie Morehardt was ordered to follow through on the recommended orders of former town Dog Officer David Yoho and, should there be any more incidents involving her dog, the animal will face having to leave town or possible euthanization.

The hearing was just one of the items on the Select Board's agenda for July 18.

Morehardt's Greenacre Avenue neighbor John Chipouras claimed that her dog attacked a fellow neighbor's dog and four days later bit Longmeadow resident Susan Altman during the town's Long Meddowe Days, a celebration hosted once a year to commemorate the town's history. Chipouras also mentioned other issues with the dog including excessive barking.

Numerous reports have been filed about the animal with the police department.

Morehardt admitted that she did not take steps "soon enough" to get the animal trained, but since has put the dog in a training program. She also said she has taken steps to adjust the dial on the electric fence used to secure the dog, to restrict the animal further.

Morehardt immediately has to implement the dog officer's suggestions which includes putting a muzzle on the animal when it is taken out, leashed, for a walk, and the Select Board has given her 60 days to install the fence.

In other Select Board news:

Town Manager Robin Crosbie and new Department of Public Works Director Michael Wrabel recently met with the Department of Environmental Protection and are remediating a number of things, including sewers and floor drains.

Crosbie said some have been tested and sealed, but that there is "remaining sealing and asbestos work to be done."

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