Today’s news:

Dog killed by voltage in LIC triggers probe

The city Department of Transportation said it is still investigating the electrocution of a dog who came into contact with a light pole Sunday in Long Island City.

The dog, a 7-year-old Siberian husky, was shocked to death after touching the light pole during a routine walk with its owner, Celia Sing, in Long Island City, the Daily News reported.

A DOT spokesman said the agency was still looking into the cause of the incident.

"Safety is our top priority," he said. "We're still trying to determine the cause of the stray voltage at the location, which our engineers have made safe."

The spokesman said Con Edison is responsible for the delivery of electricity, but the DOT is responsible once electricity reaches the wires in its light poles.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he viewed the incident as further proof that the city should consider creating a Stray Voltage Task Force. Vallone said he introduced a bill that would require the formation of a task force several years ago, but there have not been hearings on the proposal.

"I think this is even more of an impetus for the city to have its own task force," he said. "We need to combat the problem of stray voltage."

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group