‘Aggressive’ dog reported in Park City, another canine ‘not friendly’
The Park City Police Department last week dealt with reports of loose dogs, including one that may have wandered onto a popular cross-country skiing trail and two others that were spotted in the vicinity of the Round Valley off-leash area.
The police logs did not provide details, but the reports were filed as Park City continues a broad discussion about dogs spurred by stepped-up enforcement of animal control laws as well as City Hall recently setting aside two areas where dogs are allowed to be off leashes.
In one of the cases last week, reported on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1:01 p.m., a dog with white fur was reported to be seen running in and out of traffic are or close to the intersection of S.R. 248 and Round Valley Drive. The Police Department was told the dog did not have tags and was acting in an "aggressive" manner. Summit County Animal Control responded to the scene and picked the dog up, according to police logs. The logs did not provide details. The location is close to the off-leash area in Round Valley but not inside the acreage set aside for dogs to run off leashes.
In another case, reported at 10:39 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, a dog reportedly ran off somewhere along or close to Round Valley Way, which is also close to the off-leash area. The police said the dog was returned.
Park City in January opened two off-leash areas, one encompassing a large swath of Round Valley and the other on part of the field outside the Park City Library. In creating the off-leash areas, Park City leaders required that dogs be under what is known as voice and sight control.
The reports last week that were not logged in the vicinity of Round Valley included one that may have involved a dog on the cross-country track that hugs S.R. 224 at some points. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, a dog off a leash was reported near the intersection of S.R. 224 and Meadows Drive. It was seen on what was described by police as a "pay for use" trail and was interfering with people who paid to be on the trail, according to department logs. The pay for use trail appears to be a reference to the White Pine Touring cross-country track since there are no other trails in that area that require a fee.
On Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5:19 p.m., meanwhile, someone along Aspen Springs Drive reported a boxer dog at the front door. It was "not friendly" and would not let a family out the front door, the police were told. Summit County Animal Control was not available at the time, according to police logs. The logs did not provide details.
Leash laws have long been a contentious issue in Park City as many see the community as a dog-friendly place where pets are regularly seen off leashes and others claiming they should not be subjected to a loose dog. The issue reached a critical point in recent months, resulting in the decision by Park City leaders to open the off-leash areas.
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