Earlier than relocating to North Carolina, Charlie Thronson was taking his canine, Theo and Candy Pea, for yet one more stroll in Murray Park. After his stroll, Thronson says he was 50 yards away when the unthinkable occurred.
“Out of the blue comes this huge terrier, 80–90 kilos, it attacked me and one among my canine… I attempted to struggle off the canine, then it grabbed my one canine by its head, shook it and ran off with it,” Thronson stated.
Though the assault was stopped by a superb Samaritan, Thronson initially believed his canine, Theo, had handed away till he seen faint respiration. Within the chaos, his second canine, Candy Pea, disappeared. She was finally found within the close by Starbucks, however her brother Theo was significantly damage.
“He had torn all of the flesh off the again of his neck, proper now he appears to be like like he’s going to make it from what was actually a horrific assault,” Thronson stated.
Off-leash canine, based on Thronson, are a frequent difficulty at Murray and different Salt Lake County Parks. Because the inhabitants has elevated, he says he’s more and more involved about kids, the aged, and different canine who is perhaps attacked by an off-leash canine.
“It’s actually not the canine’s fault, it’s the proprietor’s fault that refuses to obey the legislation and refuses to acknowledge the chance that that poses,” Thronson stated.
Leashes are essential for all of Salt Lake County’s communities, based on Ryan Degrey of the Salt Lake County Animal Providers, although the specifics of the ordinance in every metropolis might differ.
“What that requires is an animal is beneath the bodily management of a leash or one thing that acts like a leash,” Degrey stated.
He added, “You possibly can be fined, you might be issued a prison quotation, you might be accountable for restitution the place you’ll be paying for anyone’s medical payments, vet remedy payments, property harm.”
Many people declare they’re unaware of leash restrictions in public parks attributable to an absence of signage and uncertainty over what is taken into account an on-leash and off-leash space.
Extra signage, based on Thronson, is an easy answer which may assist in stopping assaults like what occurred together with his canine.
“County posts 5 – 6 indicators that say it’s unlawful to have a canine off-leash after which a cellphone quantity you’ll be able to name for those who see a canine off-leash,” Thronson stated.
You possibly can test the web site of Salt Lake County Animal Providers to be taught extra concerning the leash laws in your space. And for those who or your canine is attacked by one other animal, it is best to name animal management.