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Long list of dog attacks have Austin Police issuing citations

Long list of dog attacks have Austin Police issuing citations

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC)- The City of Austin is dealing with a string of attacks taking place since Sunday. The catch? The attacks are all from dogs. 

A stretch unlike many have ever seen.

"Not as long as I've been Chief, it hasn't happened like this," says Brian Krueger, Austin's Chief of Police.

Dog attack after dog attack.

Two on Monday, the first on the 1800 block of 2nd Avenue Southeast involving a fight between a boxer and a golden retriever. Later on Monday on the 2000 block of 1st Avenue Northeast, a fight involving a small dog and a rottweiler. The most serious was on Sunday when a pit bull entered the small dog pen at the Austin Dog Park and killed a chihuahua.

If there is an incident involving a dog, the Austin Police Department has the right to determine whether that dog is "potentially dangerous" and "dangerous", and that is a determination that officers do not take lightly.

"It's a good warning for the owner that the potential is there for their pet to become a dangerous animal," explains Chief Krueger, "and if it is declared a dangerous animal, then they have 14 days to appeal that to the city council, otherwise their dog will be put down and euthanized."

These incidents have some dog owners in Austin worried for the safety of kids and pets alike.

If it comes to euthanizing a dangerous dog? Some pet owners see it as an unfortunate proper consequence.

"I don't have a problem with that, especially if the dog is or has attacked anybody or another animal, for that matter," shares Sara Weber of Austin as she watches her dog play with others at the dog park. "You would hate to have something happen to somebody else's dog or yours or another person for that matter."

While the citations continue, Austin Police hope that knowing what can happen to pets is enough to keep the problem at bay.

Chief Krueger says that if you find yourself in a circumstance involving a dangerous dog, protect yourself, your children and your pet and contact Police so they can make sure dangerous dogs are dealt with properly.

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