Invisible dog fences questioned


LACONIA — Marc Burrell is fed up with dogs charging through electric invisible fences and attacking his pit bull.

The city is considering his request to tighten an ordinance governing how dogs should be confined.

“Twice I have been walking my dog and I have had dogs coming off their property, come across the street and attack me and my dog,” he told the City Council.

An invisible fence system utilizes an underground wire that can activate a device on a dog’s collar. The device beeps when the animal approaches the wire and delivers an electric shock when the dog gets too close.

Most dogs learn to stay away from the barrier, but the system isn't foolproof.

Burrell found out the hard way that some dogs are willing to take the shock and continue on their way, particularly if they are agitated and going after another dog.

“The dog that attacked us had a shock collar on it and broke through the invisible fence,” he said. “When I went back afterward and spoke to the owners, they said the dog does it constantly. Once the dog gets excited it just ignores the shock of the fence.”

A city code says it is unlawful to intentionally permit any dog to run at large. The animal must be kept on a leash or in an enclosure when not on the property of the owner.

Burrell wants to see wording added that would require an owner to be outside and in control of the dog if it is not fastened to the property or behind a real fence.

The issue has been referred to the city's Government Operations and Ordinances Committee.
City Councilor Ava Doyle, who sits on the committee, said there's another problem with invisible fences.

“One of the reasons I never went with an electric collar for my dog, is that if they go after something and they go through the fence, they're not going to come back,” she said. “They calm down, but they'll get a shock if they try to come back to their own yard.”

City Manager Scott Myers said he understands Burrell's concerns and will examine if city dog laws need a tweak.

“He's looking to protect himself, or his dog, from dogs coming off their property,” he said. “We'll certainly look at it and the legalities and see if there are alternatives.”

Burrell said his 9-year-old dog, Titan, is friendly with people, but will fight if another dog charges him.

“He's a pit bull, so automatically he's going to be at fault for anything that happens,” Burrell said. “If people can't control their dogs on their own property, if they are coming out on the street, where am I supposed to walk my dog? Am I supposed to keep him at home and not take him out?”

Gilmanton woman charged with opening phone account under relative's name

BELMONT — Police have charged a Gilmanton woman with identity fraud, witness tampering, and making false statements after allegedly using a family member’s identity to open a phone account.
Lt. Richard Mann said Helen T. Baker, 52, of 2 Brook Ave., Gilmanton, denied the allegation when police questioned her about it, and then allegedly tried to coerce the family member who filed the report.
• Other recent activity includes a report of a hit-and-run incident on Horne Road on July 22, when a neighbor allegedly struck a post in front of a nearby residence, knocking it over, but continued home without reporting the incident.
Mann said there were vehicle parts around the fallen post and the neighbor’s vehicle showed similar damage. The incident remains under investigation and an arrest may be pending, he said.
• Police charged Randy W.J. Nadeau, 34, of 19 Church St., Belmont, with driving after his license was revoked or suspended.
Thomas J. Boisvert, 39, of 34 Gardners Grove Road, Belmont, faces a charge of displaying a false inspection or registration sticker.
Police charged David Osorio, 30, of 183 Wilder St., Lowell, Massachusetts, with driving after revocation or suspension.
• On July 25, police arrested Jennifer R. Clark, 30, of 123 Sheridan St., Laconia, on a bench warrant from Laconia District Court, and also charged Henry J. Lamontagne, 56, of 189 Gilford Avenue, Laconia, with drug possession.
• Police charged Pappilion P. Mains, 31, of 36 Farmington Road, Rochester, with driving after revocation or suspension.
• Police arrested Caleb John Phillips, 19, of 46 Concord St., Belmont, on a bench warrant from Laconia District Court.

Road reconstruction on Route 106 at Bypass will mean one-way traffic starting tomorrow

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces extensive roadway reconstruction work associated with the rehabilitation of Route 106 in Belmont and Laconia. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 2, roadway reconstruction will begin on a section of NH 106 that extends from just north of the intersection with Perkins Road to just south of the intersection with Farrarville Road and Lamprey Road in Belmont.

This work will take several weeks to complete and will be accomplished using lane shifts and one-way alternating traffic when necessary. There will be times when northbound traffic on NH 106 will be detoured via Brown Hill Road and Farrarville Road.

Uniformed officers and flaggers will be used to direct motorists through the work zone. All posted speed limits within the work zone and detour will be strictly enforced. Periodic delays should be expected between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.. Motorists should seek alternate routes as necessary. All businesses within the work zone will remain accessible to motorists.

This project includes pavement rehabilitation on five miles of NH Route 106 in Belmont and Laconia, as well as 8/10’s of a mile on the Laconia Bypass, and the rehabilitation of three bridges. Busby Construction of Atkinson is the contractor for the $7.2 million project, which has a final completion date of Oct. 27.