Police respond to dog complaint

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


A Washington man was cited Monday evening after it was reported a dog bit a purse in the 700 block of South B Avenue in Washington.

At about 6:10 p.m. a caller reported to the Washington County Communications Center that when her daughter was walking home a dog that was on a leash bit her purse. Officers responded. Edward Allen Calhoun, 48, of Washington, was cited for allowing an animal to do damage.

In a previous interview, Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman stressed it is the responsibility of the dogs? owners to keep their pets under control.

?By letting your dog loose, you are taking a lot of risks,? Goodman said. ?Also by letting a dog loose, the owner is responsible for medical bills and all expenses. They are responsible for all damages.?

He said there are also new tether ordinances that the Washington City Council recently approved. The new ordinance requires a responsible party to be at the premises where the animal is tethered.

A minimum confinement area for an animal is 100 square feet per dog. The dog has to be in good condition and have food, shelter and water. Goodman also said a dog escaping is the responsibility of the owner.

The Washington Police Department investigates dog bites.

People who are attacked should notify the police immediately. If someone is attacked, they should not panic, as this would make the situation worse.

The police handle every case very seriously in determining if the dog will be declared vicious.

All incidents involving animals are documented so officers will know if there is an ongoing issue. In dealing with animal complaints, officers may give the owner a written warning, a citation, or a civil infraction.

With the civil infraction, officers can order more restrictions, such as quarantining the dog, having it removed from the city, or, in serious cases, ordering the dog to be humanely destroyed.