GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - We have an update on a story we brought you earlier this month, about an incident at Sherwood Park between a large and small dog, which resulted in the death of the smaller dog.
Mesa County Animal Services Manager, Doug Frye, tells us, "after further investigation and discussion with the Grand Junction City Attorney's Office, we could find no fault in violation of any of the ordinances, so no citations were issued to either party."
Both dogs were on leashes which are in accordance with Colorado Leash Law and Sherwood Park's requirements.
Witnesses were interviewed, but none of them were present during the beginning of the incident, along with examining surveillance footage in the surrounding area.
No proof beyond a reasonable doubt was available bringing the case to a close.
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A distraught family in Grand Junction wants answers about who owns the dog that killed their dog in a popular city park last week.
The attack happened in Sherwood Park, which is a central location for residents near 1st St. and North Avenue for a variety of activities, such as taking the dog for a walk.
Christine Haddow is one of these residents and the owner of Nick. "He was heeling on a short leash, and I said, 'Well, Nick. You can't play with that dog, he's too big. The owner replied, 'My dog would roll your dog,' [then] no more came out of her mouth. The dog had knocked her over, had gone behind me and grabbed nick in the torso from behind and shook him like a rag-doll", says Haddow.
Moments after the incident involving Nick and the large Great Dane & Bull Mastiff mixed dog, Nick ran north while the owner of the larger dog and owner ran east towards the apartments near the park. "He was terrorized," says Haddow.
The owner of the larger dog is said to be a woman between the age of 30 and 35, is described as 5 foot 5 inches with strawberry blonde hair and drives a dark green Nissan Titan truck.
We asked one person who frequents the park about what she sees there on a regular basis.
"Oh, well I walk in Sherwood Park pretty much every day around noon and most of the dogs I see are on leashes, but I can say that probably three out of the five days I do observe dogs off leash which makes me nervous about both the dogs' safety and my safety, and other pets in the area. You also have small children that are out here quite a bit so having dogs lose can create quite a scary situation", says one woman who regularly visits the park.