Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
St. George officer shoots ‘aggressive’ pit bull mix dog
Safety » Cops say pack of the animals were on loose.
First Published Sep 04 2013 08:20 am • Last Updated Sep 04 2013 12:34 pm

A St. George police officer, responding to several reports of vicious dogs running loose, shot one of the animals when it charged him.

St. George police Sgt. Sam Despain said Wednesday that the incident occurred on Labor Day in the area of 1500 West and 1400 North.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The officer arrived in the area and immediately spotted a pack of four of the dogs. While the officer was trying to locate the owner, "one dog, a pit bull mix, attacked the officer.

"The officer shot at the dog with his handgun [but] the dog continued to aggressively charge the officer, causing the officer to shoot at the dog two more times. After the third shot, the dog stopped and retreated," DeSpain said.

Despite the gunshot wounds, the animal survived. The owner, located after the incident, took the dog to a veterinarian for treatment.

When police went to the owner’s home they found eight dogs in total — also appearing to be pit bull mixes— lived at the residence. Animal control officers took custody of five of the animals, as well as eventually seizing the wounded dog, due to aggressive tendencies. The remaining three dogs, which were not aggressive, were not seized.

The wounded dog’s owner was cited for having a dog at large, failure to control a vicious animal and not having a dog license.

DeSpain said officers have responded to the same residence on previous complaints involving canines.

"This case is under review and additional charges may be filed against the homeowner," DeSpain said, noting the city ordinances limit homeowners to two dogs.


story continues below
story continues below

Twitter: @remims

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.