Police respond to three calls about loose dogs

Six dogs, three incidents, two citations all in one week

Photo by Carter Pape

Contrary to the opinions of some locals, Moab City Police do respond to animal calls. The agency reported a number of calls about loose dogs at the end of November, including one incident of loose canines possibly injuring an older dog.

In the other two incidents, police cited a man with two counts of making infractions of Moab City code regarding dog restraints and wrote another man a warning.

Elderly dog injured by loose puppies

A resident of the Grand Oasis subdivision called police Nov. 22 after allegedly finding her older, Dachshund type dog wrestling – apparently non-aggressively – in her back yard with two Boxer type dogs, and quickly finding her dog had been injured.

The dogs, which the woman described to police as puppies, quickly ran off after she yelled at them. She said they were not being aggressive; “they just don’t have any manners,” according to a statement in a police report.

As the woman bathed her dog after the incident, since it had gotten muddy, she noticed blood on its mouth, according to police. She said she didn’t find any other signs of blood or wounds. She then tried to wash the dog’s back legs, and it whimpered and snapped at her as though in pain, according to police.

The woman told police that the dog had recently undergone back surgery, but it had full use of its back legs after the surgery, whereas after the bath, when she set the dog on the ground, it just sat there, not wanting to use them.

The woman told a police officer after the incident that she was unsure whether to take the dog to the vet. After she invited the officer to take a look at the dog, which limped to him after the woman stood it up and put it on the ground, he advised that she take the dog to the vet and save the bill in case she wanted restitution.

Police searched the neighborhood for the two dogs the woman had seen but did not find them, and other residents told police they had not seen any such dogs, either.

When police asked the woman whether she wanted the dogs’ owner or owners to be cited, she said she wanted them to get “a stern lecture and some education,” according to the police report, but that she did not want them to “get in trouble.”

Warning given to man

Early the next week, on Nov. 25, as a woman and her partner were walking past a house near Helen M. Knight Elementary, two dogs allegedly came after them from the house’s yard and started barking, growling and lunging at them, a woman told police.

The woman said that the dogs did not harm anybody during the interaction, but it was “very scary,” according to the police report. She said she wanted police to talk to and cite the owner of the dogs.

Officers spoke to a roommate who lived at the house, since, according to the roommate, the dog owner was in Grand Junction.

According to the roommate, the owner later told police that one of the dogs, a yellow Labrador type, had viciously gone after a lady and that he had picked it up and put it back inside the yard. The roommate also showed police that they fixed the gate to not allow the dogs to open it, using a carabiner to secure it.

Police told the roommate they would write the owner a warning and cite him if there was another incident. The dog owner called the roommate, who provided the officer with a phone number.

Police said the owner started talking about another incident in which the other officer at the scene allegedly pepper-sprayed the dog. The owner also alleged that the officer pepper-sprayed the owner’s sister.

The officer on the phone referred the owner to the other officer’s superior regarding the alleged pepper-spraying incident.

Police cite man

A woman called police Nov. 27 about two loose dogs that were allegedly in her yard and being aggressive. A police officer responded and saw the two dogs walking about when the roommate of the dog owner called the dogs back into the house.

The woman who called police said that the dogs had come toward her, barking, when she opened her front door to tell the dogs to go home. As the dogs came toward her, she shut the door and called police.

The officer spoke to the roommate, who said that the dogs belonged to another person living in the house and that the roommates were responsible for watching the dogs. According to the police report, the roommate said he was unsure how the dogs got out.

The officer issued two citations for the loose dogs.