Stories of dogs attacking runners reported to Summit County MPs
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has heard numerous complaints that a trail user in Snyderville Basin attacks dogs who are with their owners, even when they are on a leash.
Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright says they’re looking at both sides – or many sides – of the story.
Lt. Wright said he saw complaints on social media from residents that when they were recreation with their dogs, a trail runner tried to kick or throw stones at the dogs.
Lt. Wright said most of the attacks took place around Willow Creek Park. There is no report that any dogs were seriously injured.
He said MPs contacted the suspect, a 39-year-old woman from the Bitner Road area.
“This trail runner alleges that some of these dog owners do not obey the leash law and allow their dogs to run freely. This woman tells MPs that she has been bitten by dogs before and is therefore afraid of them. And it looks like his side of the story is that it’s self defense. She is terrified of these dogs. But then we had residents who said she would go towards the dogs, or near the dogs and basically pick up stones and throw them at them, even though the dogs aren’t aggressive.
Wright posted a message on the Next Door site asking for residents’ opinions.
“If you think a crime has been committed, you can report it. We will examine it. Otherwise, we encourage our residents to be considerate of each other, to keep their dogs on a leash where necessary and to go about their business.
He said the difficulty is that the reported incidents happened in the past, no less than six months ago. Lt. Wright said that for any future complaints, MPs would take the information, see if a crime had occurred and forward the cases to the county attorney’s office.
He said Animal Control was also involved in some of the reported cases of rampant dogs.