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People in Nashua fed up with dangerous dogs

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NASHUA (KWWL) - People who live in Nashua tell KWWL there's a problem with dangerous dogs in town.

The complaints come after city council members voted on Monday to allow an American Bulldog to remain in city limits after its owner, Kandice Gyorko, agreed to put up a fence by April.

Gyorko admitted her dog bit two people, and she said one of the victims was her six-year-old son.

A few hours after an on-camera interview with KWWL, Gyorko requested the station not air the interview because she said she was being threatened.

Gyorko lives next door to an in-home daycare in Nashua.

Former city councilwoman Dawn Garbes' two grandchildren attend the daycare regularly.

Garbes said she's afraid for her grandchildren's safety.

"I'm furious," she said.

"I want this community to be a safe community for everyone to live in and with vicious dogs, I don't see how that can happen," she added.

Nashua's Mayor John Phyfe said he understands there is a problem with dangerous dogs in town, and he wants to change the ordinance.

Phyfe said in the past year alone, police officers in Nashua have had to shoot and kill two dogs. He said one of them belonged to Gyorko.

"We need some pretty tough regulations on what you do with a dog that is not friendly," he said.

Phyfe said the problem with the dog ordinance is that it can't be enforced unless city council members deem a dog to be dangerous.

"Now what I feel is dangerous, and what they might feel or you might feel is a dangerous dog could be several different opinions," he said.

Phyfe said he expects council members to draft a new dog ordinance in the coming months.
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