HERKIMER — A number of local dog owners are not keeping their animals under control, according to two village residents who have asked the Herkimer village board to take steps to crack down on them.

John Salamone of West Lake Avenue told the board that his fiancé had run into problems twice while walking her dogs. In one case, she spotted a loose dog behind a two-foot fence on the owner’s property. Because she was concerned for her dog’s safety, she asked the owner, who was sitting on the front porch, to leash his dog while she walked by. He refused, saying the dog was on his property, so she went in another direction.

The second incident occurred about two weeks ago. Christine Estey said she was walking her dogs on Lansing Street when a loose dog tried to attack her dogs. She fell and one of her dogs hid. The owners of the larger dog, a pit bull, came and restrained the dog.

“I’m so lucky that my dogs were not killed,” she said.

Estey said she knows of one dog that was killed and three that were injured in Herkimer when they were attacked by larger dogs that were loose or not being restrained. Earlier this year a young girl was attacked by dogs on Main Street and injured, she pointed out.

She said fines for offenses regarding dangerous dogs have not been raised since 1993.

“Fifty dollars is nothing,” said Estey.

She also questioned allowing pet owners to allow dogs to run unleashed in their front yards.

“If the fine is $1,000 or $10,000, what does that do for you?” asked Mayor Tony Brindisi, adding a fine would not replace the dog that was killed.

Salamone said there should be more accountability, perhaps higher fines and/or jail time.

“It would have to be taken on a case by case basis,” he said.

Brindisi said the board would have to look at the issue and consult with the village attorney.

Trustee Kelly Brown said dangerous dogs are governed under New York State Agricultural and Market Law.

Meanwhile, the board tabled action on a proposed dog park on Marginal Road in the village.

Trustee Delbert Ball asked the board to approve the park so construction could begin. He said there would be no cost to the village and pointed out this is the third meeting at which the matter was being discussed. The Rotary Club would be responsible for maintenance work, he said.

Brindisi said he wanted more information from Village Attorney Nicholas Macri, who was out of town.

“What about liability to the taxpayer?,” the mayor asked.

Trustee Fred Weisser said he heard the Department of Motor Vehicles was planning to use the Marginal Road site to park vehicles.

Brindisi asked that the matter be tabled for a week, adding a special meeting could be scheduled to act on the dog park.