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Man, 24, Charged After Dog Bites Hiker At Turkey Mountain Park In Yorktown

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YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Yorktown police have charged a 24-year-old town man with multiple violations following an incident in which a hiker at Turkey Mountain Park was allegedly attacked by one of his dogs, authorities said.

The charges came about after a female hiker at the park reported two dogs running at-large on Monday, around 9:45 a.m., according to officials.

An officer dispatched to the scene conducted an investigation revealing that the dogs, allegedly owned by local resident Valdet Lajqi, had run at-large and unattended at the park, and that one of them allegedly bit the hiker, police report.

The hiker was not injured, according to officials.

Further investigation revealed that the dogs were not licensed by the Town of Yorktown as required, police report.

Lajqi, who was processed at the scene, has been charged with three violations of the town code: allowing a dog to run at-large, allowing a dog to chase, jump upon or harass another person and failure to license a dog over four months, according to officials.

The defendant was issued an appearance ticket directing him to answer the charges in Yorktown Court on Tuesday, Sept. 13, police report.

He was then released on his own recognizance, according to officials.

The dogs were taken to the ASPCA to be quarantined, police report.

Last week, Yorktown resident Bora Lajqi, 49, was also charged with a violation for allowing a dog to run unrestrained.

To read the Daily Voice article on that incident, click here.

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