Eagle dog bite incident leads to animal’s euthanasia
Eagle, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado – A dog bite in Eagle reported on Dec. 18 resulted in the quarantine and eventual euthanasia of the animal.
According to Shawn Markmann of Eagle County Animal Services, Angela Moore, of Eagle, received 13 stitches on her hand when a dog owned by Jon Asper, of Eagle, bit her when she was inside the Asper home. According to Markmann’s report, Asper was attempting to put his dog on a leash when Moore arrived at his residence. Asper maintains he told Moore to wait outside but there was confusion over his directions and Moore entered the home and the dog bit her hand. Asper called Eagle Police and Eagle County Animal Control to report the incident. Eagle Police turned the investigation over to animal control as per routine policy.
“Any time there is an animal bite, we quarantine the animal,” Markmann said. The dog was quarantined for the mandatory period of 10 days at the Eagle County Animal Shelter. The dog was current on his vaccinations at the time of the incident.
“I think Bandit was a very protective animal. While he was here at the shelter, I didn’t have any problems with him,” said Markmann. However, at the conclusion of the quarantine, the Asper family voluntarily euthanised the dog.
“Bandit was a very abused dog when I got him and he was very attached to me,” said Asper. “We did not have to put the dog down, but we did it voluntarily.”
Markmann said the incident was the second reported time when the dog bit a person. The first incident was also reported to both police and animal control. He noted the department does not have a specific policy requiring animals be put down after a set number of bites, but rather investigates the specific circumstances involved in each case.
“It is not going to be a one-strike-and-you-are-out type of thing,” he said.
Markmann said if a dog has a proven history of aggressive biting behavior, it may be designated as a potentially dangerous animal and its owner must obtain a special license, post warning signs, cage the animal and keep it on a leash when outside of its living area. If an animal that has been deemed potentially dangerous is involved in a biting incident, euthanasia is required. Asper’s dog had not been declared potentially dangerous at the time of the Dec. 18 incident.
Moore said she has 22 stitches in her hand as a result of the incident, which makes it difficult to do her work as a hairdresser. She expressed relief that the animal had been euthanised and aimed criticism at local law enforcement regarding their response to the incident.
“Jon Jon did the right thing,” said Moore. “I was the victim. I would think that the Eagle Police or animal control could have called me to say the dog didn’t have rabies or had been euthanised.”
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