Another unrestrained dog bite incident in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF — On July 9, 2015 at approximately 09:14 hours, the Flagstaff Police Department was called to investigate a dog bite incident which occurred in the 500 block of Tombstone.

250-dog-bite0212According to the victim, who was running on the street in an easterly direction, a white and brown pit bull jumped the fence of a residence and bit her in the stomach and her hand.  A witness who was driving in the area reported to have seen the incident and came to the victim’s assistance.  The owner of the pit bull came out into the street and contained the animal.

The victim received medical attention by responding paramedics.  The owner of the pit bull was issued a criminal citation under Flagstaff City Code for vicious dog at large.

The Flagstaff Police Department would like to remind citizens of responsible dog ownership which includes containing and restraining their pets.  Once a dog has jumped a fence, or has managed to escape their containment onto public property, they are considered a “dog at large.”  Owners can be issued a criminal citation for this offense which may include a fine and or jail time.

The following is the specific Flagstaff City Code:

  • 6-02-001-0001:  FAILURE TO CONTROL DOG
  • DOG AT LARGE:  Every person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any dog of any ages shall keep such a dog(s) exclusively upon his or her own premises; provided, however, that the dog may be off such premises if it is under the control of a competent person and restrained by a chain, leash, rope or cord of sufficient strength to contain and control such dog

The Flagstaff Police Department will be increasing enforcement of our local leash laws, and are asking for your cooperation with this initiative.