Animal Services shoots, kills dog suspected in deaths of animals at West Valley City charter school

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Oct. 11, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — An official shot and killed a German Shepherd mix dog suspected of killing numerous other animals at a West Valley City charter school.

“An animal services employee located and killed the dog that had killed numerous animals at the Roots Charter High School,” a news release from West Valley City said. “This dog had posed a threat to children and other livestock in the community.”

On Thursday morning, the Animal Services employee, a former 20-year police officer, located the dog as it was tracking livestock in a sheep pasture and confirmed that this was the same dog that had been involved in prior incidents, the news release said.

“The employee determined that this agricultural area was a safe place to engage the dog and took action shooting the dog. This was carried out safely and humanely.”

West Valley City operates one of the first no-kill shelters in the state, the news release said.

“Initial efforts to avoid lethal measures and capture the dog were unsuccessful, and the dog became increasingly aggressive,” the news release went on. “As this situation escalated over the past few weeks, it became clear that this threat needed to be neutralized as quickly as possible.”

Police recently secured a search warrant for a property in that area after they alleged two people may have been harboring the dog and helping to hide it from Animal Services.


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