Last updated: June 22. 2014 11:10PM - 1781 Views
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LARKSVILLE — A recent increase in the number of dog-related calls gave Larksville Borough Police Chief John Edwards the idea to create a database of the dogs in the borough.


It will be the first database of its kind in Luzerne County.


Residents will have the opportunity to bring their dogs to the Larksville Borough Police Department on July 6 and July 7 to have them photographed.


Those pictures will be attached to the owner’s name, address and contact information.


There will be a $10 fee per donation to pay for the photography prints and to assemble photo albums of the dogs.


The department will have a database of dogs on each department computer and a photo album in each police vehicle.


Residents may also submit their own photos digitally.


Edwards said the department has seen an increase in calls of dogs being reported loose.


The officers then face the task of capturing the dog. Edwards said officers do not have specific training pertaining to handling the domestic pets.


“Some dogs, the rare ones, are great,” Edwards said. “More often than not, you’re trying to run down the dog.”


Even if loose dogs are caught, Edwards said, most of them are not licensed anyway.


Edwards said the databases will enable officers to get dogs back to their owners in more practical manner.


The chief said response from the public has been positive so far.


He announced the database on Facebook on June 12, and as of last Friday, the post had more than 200 likes and overwhelmingly positive feedback in the comments section.


The department plans to offer dates on a quarterly basis for more photo shoots.


Edwards also said the department will offer to send officers to households of elderly citizens to take photos of their pets.


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