Who let the dogs out?During the past week River Falls police had to deal with three separate reports of roaming dogs. One dog, with no owner, was badly hurt after being struck by a pickup truck on the Hwy. 65/35 bypass. Two others did not end tragically, but, in one instance, some grade school kids brought a loose dog back to their school.
By: Phil Pfuehler, River Falls Journal
During the past week River Falls police had to deal with three separate reports of roaming dogs. One dog, with no owner, was badly hurt after being struck by a pickup truck on the Hwy. 65/35 bypass. Two others did not end tragically, but, in one instance, some grade school kids brought a loose dog back to their school.
That happened last week Tuesday morning at Westside Elementary. The stray dog was then ushered into a janitor’s closet and kept there until a patrol officer arrived and took the animal to a local vet. The owner turned out to be a 21-year-old woman who lives on Winter Street. She was ticketed.
Friday a 33-year-old local man was given two fines for the same offense after his dogs got out of the house in the morning and were spotted roaming on Cemetery Road. Two cops chased the dogs around before capturing them in the St. Bridget Cemetery.
The man and his wife allegedly admitted they decided to go to work Friday morning without trying to catch their dogs that had escaped.
The Journal’s print edition Wednesday will feature the latest developments on the injured dog from the bypass highway accident.
In the past several days police also:
--Arrested a 29-year-old local man for drunk driving-3rd offense at 2:30 a.m. Sunday on South Main Street. He was stopped near Glen Park. The man was driving without headlights in the dark and told an officer he knew his lights weren’t on.
--Arrested a 23-year-old local man for drunk driving and marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession last Wednesday at 2 a.m. in the 200 block of South Second Street. Not long before, the suspect was warned by police in the alley where his car was parked not to drive and was even offered a courtesy ride home. The offer was refused and later he was stopped while driving away, arrested and taken to county jail.
--Arrested two UW-RF female students, ages 18 and 19, for possession of marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and drug paraphernalia in their Crabtree Hall dorm room Friday evening. A strong odor of pot allegedly drew authorities to the room of these roommates. The case goes to the Pierce County district attorney for criminal charges.
For more, please see the Jan. 28 print edition of the River Falls Journal.