Lovejoy has taken issue with that policy ever since one of his neighbor's dogs chased him on his bicycle a few months ago. The chase was enough to make him crash his bike into a ditch, sending him to the hospital with scrapes on his face and shoulders.
He tried to report the dogs then, but since he hadn't been bit, had no luck. Since then, he's been forced to try to live with the dogs -- sometimes he takes an alternate route to work on his bike, tripling his riding time from 3 to nearly 9 miles, and his roommate has started carrying a stick every time he goes to the mailbox.
Frank Pacifico, who lives in the Oakwood subdivision in Putnam County, said he faces a similar problem in his neighborhood. He says it's kept him from taking walks in his subdivision in the evening.
"I'm afraid for the people who have little dogs too," he said. "Several people have smaller dogs."
Clark acknowledges that the system isn't perfect, but said that usually neighbors could resolve the problem on their own, without even getting the humane association involved.
"I tell people they need to go talk to the owner of the dog. And be nice, don't go and jump on that person, try to be nice and talk it over as a dog owner," she said.
"A lot of time that does work because they have no idea it was a problem until someone came to them."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.