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Unlicensed Dogs

Dog attack led to Schenectady crackdown

Unlicensed animals now addressed with fines

Amanda Radley with her pitbull, Damon, left, and Matthew Kennedy with his pitbull, Sonic, on Bluff Avenue in Schenectady on in September 2011. Radley was ticketed after Sonic bit a mail carrier. That incident came just days after Shirleen Lucas was mauled in another dog attack.
Amanda Radley with her pitbull, Damon, left, and Matthew Kennedy with his pitbull, Sonic, on Bluff Avenue in Schenectady on in September 2011. Radley was ticketed after Sonic bit a mail carrier. That incident came just days after Shirleen Lucas was mauled in another dog attack.
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Until a woman was badly mauled by a dog in 2011, city officials were willing to show leniency when they caught an owner with an unlicensed dog. The owner usually just paid for a license, getting off with a warning. But then Shirleen Lucas was brutally attacked as she walked up Hulett Street to run errands one summer night. Three pit bulls ripped off parts of both of her ears and mauled her face, arms ...

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