CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER
GRANITE SHOALS — Authorities have seized two of four pit bulls after residents who live in a Granite Shoals neighborhood reported the loose dogs attacked their pets, according to a Granite Shoals police report.
Authorities reported the Easter evening incident at 4:51 p.m. April 16 after a resident who lives on Lake Forest Street told police one of his small dogs was killed by a roving pack of dogs.
“Four dogs went into somebody’s yard, attacked one of the dogs, went into another yard, and attacked a dog belonging to those people,” Granite Shoals Police Chief Gary Boshears said. “The pack of dogs took off. We were able to locate them, confronted the owner.”
Police have custody of two of the dogs, including the one they believe was primarily responsible for the attack.
The two other dogs — still in the custody of the owner — have been “deemed dangerous animals,” which requires the owner to post warning signs on his property, remand the animals to an enclosed area, and maintain an insurance policy on the dogs, Boshears explained.
“With the requirements put on dangerous dogs, (the owner) will have a certain amount of time to come into compliance,” the police chief said. “We will be monitoring that.”
Authorities said the pit bull owner, who lives on Lake Forest Street, was given a citation for violation of a city ordinance, a Class C misdemeanor.
“It’s against the city ordinance to have any dogs running at large or not constrained,” Boshears said. “Beyond that, if the owner of the dog that was killed chose to file a civil action, that’s something they could do.”
At one of the addresses, children were in the yard; however, the pit bulls kept their attention on the pets instead.
“Obviously, the aggressive behavior going into somebody else’s yard is a big concern,” Boshears said.