Mesa County deputy shoots, kills dog |

Mesa County deputy shoots, kills dog

Paul Shockley
Grand Junction Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A dog was shot and killed by a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy after the animal allegedly bit and knocked over the deputy.

The dog ” a neutered male hybrid wolf ” bit the deputy in the leg and wrist before knocking him to the ground just before noon Tuesday outside 2539 Davis Dr. in the Redlands, authorities said.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Norma Mestas said the deputy shot the dog with his service weapon.

The deputy was called to back-up Mesa County Animal Services, which responded to the area around 10:30 a.m. on a report of dogs at-large.

The slain male dog and a female hybrid wolf were wandering around the property ” both appeared to have been feeding on the carcass of a larger animal, said Mesa County Animal Services Director Penny McCarty.

The female hybrid, who wasn’t involved in the incident, was returned to the owner, Kristi Emert. Emert was cited for having two dogs at large and failure to control a dog, McCarty said.

“We’ve had previous dealings with the dog owner at this address,” she said.

McCarty said deputies were involved in Tuesday’s call because of an alleged assault at the address last fall: Ellory Emret was cited for allegedly hitting an animal control officer with a shovel in August 2006.

Emert was also cited for owning a pair of dangerous dogs.

McCarty said the dead dog’s remains were scheduled to be sent to Denver today for rabies tests.

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