Vale officials grapple with lingering stray dog problem

Sandi Cunha, Vale ordinance officer, wants to remind residents to keep an eye on their dogs and to get them licensed. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – An ordinance to crack down on dogs running at large is on the Vale city books but unattended four-legged animals continue to be a challenge across town, city officials say.

“There is a huge problem,” said Tom Vialpando, Vale mayor.

Vialpando wants to remind residents to keep a closer eye on their dogs and that the city ordinance stipulates that dogs out for a walk must be on at least a six-foot leash.

Stray dogs are roaming to Wadleigh Park, said Sandi Cunha, the city ordinance officer.

“Dogs go down there and do their business and it isn’t cleaned up. We have the leash . . .