Park City officer puts down injured marmot after dog attack |

Park City officer puts down injured marmot after dog attack

Two terriers were seen ‘fighting over’ animal in Park Meadows

by Jay Hamburger

A police officer put down a marmot in Park Meadows on Monday after two dogs attacked and badly injured the animal, the Park City Police Department said.

The attack occurred on the 1300 block of Lucky John Drive. The police received the report at 6:42 p.m. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the initial call to the authorities involved damage to a small wood barn in a backyard.

Kirk said the homeowner heard loud noises from the area of the barn. The homeowner went outside to investigate and saw two dogs attacking the marmot. Both of the dogs belong to a neighbor, the police were told. The dogs are a terrier breed. Kirk said one of them is approximately 11 years old and the other one is about 4 years old. One of the dogs remained at the scene of the attack while the other one left, he said. The dogs were "fighting over this marmot," Kirk said.

The homeowner recognized the dogs and contacted the neighbor, who retrieved the pets. The neighbor agreed to hire someone to repair the damage to the wood barn, Kirk said.

The marmot suffered injuries that required it be put down. Kirk said an officer used a department-issued pistol to destroy the animal.

"This is kind of some of the problems that can happen when dogs are running loose," Kirk said.

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The Police Department expects to discuss the case with Summit County Animal Control as criminal charges are considered against the owner of the dogs.

In an unrelated case, reported at 7:52 p.m. on July 21, an unleashed dog attacked a leashed one that a couple was walking on Daly Avenue, Kirk said. The unleashed dog suffered injuries to a leg and was taken by the owners to a veterinarian for treatment, Kirk said. The Police Department did not have information about the breeds involved. Animal Control was summoned to investigate.