Boxer on the loose

The owner of a boxer was cited after his dog had escaped the residence and was running loose in the neighborhood. On Sept. 29, an anonymous caller told Menomonie police that the dog was running loose and barking in the 200 block of 16th Avenue West.

The dog immediately began barking at the responding officer. A nearby neighbor believed the dog lived at a specific residence but did not know the person who lived there.

The dog then began barking at and approaching two college students who were walking by. The officer drew a taser and got between the students and the dog who eventually wandered off. Noticing the front door of the residence was open, the officer attempted to connect with the potential owner.

The officer announced his presence, stepped inside and went to the back of the house where he found a dog door in the rear door and an open gate on the steps leading to the door.

Back outside, the officer began walking to a neighbor’s house when the dog returned and began circling the officer, posing to potentially attack. When the officer knocked on the door, the agitated dog lunged. The officer fired the taser, but missed as the dog retreated.

When the dog wandered into the backyard of its residence, the officer secured the gate. The owner then arrived with two other people, all of whom appeared intoxicated. Informed of his dog’s behavior, the owner responded, “We’re going to have to put that dog down” before apologizing for the dog’s behavior.

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Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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