Dog owners advised to exercise caution after incident at Peenaquim Park

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
November 30, 2017 - 12:16pm

LETHBRIDGE – Lethbridge Police are warning dog owners to exercise caution around wildlife, in the aftermath of an incident they say could have ended considerably worse than it did.

Around noon on Wednesday, Nov. 29, police responded to a report of four dogs attacking a deer near the off-leash dog run at Peenaquim Park. Police say the dogs found in injured deer in the river, and while their owners tried to restrain them, they broke free and attacked the animal.

The two owners proceeded to follow the dogs into the freezing water, and one of them was able to pull the dogs away from the deer. The second owner however, was pulled down the river by strong currents.

The police officer who arrived on scene was able to assist the individual in getting back to shore, and then returned to help gain control of the dogs.

While the owners and dogs were chilled, none of them were injured.

Animal control was called in to assist as well, and police have stated that there will be no charges stemming from the incident.

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