Residents meet with animal control after dog attacks

- Some concerned pet owners met with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control after several dogs were attacked along a canal near 7th St and Northern. The dogs were attacked by other dogs which were running loose, some of them were badly hurt, and others did not make it. Now the owners want to know what can be done to stop this from happening again.

There were a lot of upset people at the meeting. Many wondered why the dogs aren't being held by the county or euthanized. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control took questions from neighbors and explained why the dogs are safely back at home with their owner.

It was a packed house at North Mountain Brewing Company tonight, as North Phoenix residents spoke out against a string of recent dog on dog attacks.

"At what point does some sort of action get taken to put those dogs down, it kills a child or mauls and maims another human being," asked one resident.

Last Monday, Leah Porter was walking her border collie when it was attacked by two boxer mixes. She and others say those same dogs have attacked and even killed several other pets.

"Because of the extent of the attacks, and how serious they've been we really feel that it's time these dogs are taken into custody and euthanized," said Leah Porter.

Sergeant Chris Kunstz with MCAC spoke at the meeting; he explained that the two dogs were returned to their owner because by law they are not considered viscous.

"Unfortunately, viscous laws in the City of Phoenix require that we be able to show that the dog has the propensity to attack humans, and all the information that we've received up to this point is that this is a dog on dog attack," said Chris Kunstz.

Jeff Throep owns the two dogs who attacked, he says it's the only time they've escaped, he's reinforced and chained his fence to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"I don't know what to say, I'm very very sorry, I wish there was something I could do to take it all back, but there's nothing I can do at this point except tell everybody I'm deeply sorry for their loss," said Jeff Thorpe.

The owner of the two dogs has received two citations for failure to license and two citations for a "dog at large". He will have to appear in Phoenix City Court to respond to the charges, and if found guilty, he may have to pay a fine or serve jail time.

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