The Mobridge City Council reversed an earlier decision Wednesday, Sept. 20, at a special meeting to review a vicious dog issue.
Alice Hare told the council her side of the story about the Sunday, Aug. 27 attack that occurred while she was running with her dog at a Fourth Avenue East and 12 Street location.
Hare said she did not attend the Wednesday, Sept. 20 meeting because she had been out of town. At that meeting the council decided to let the dog, deemed vicious according to city ordinance, to stay with the new owners. It had been in the home for two weeks.
Hare said she reviewed the video of the Wednesday meeting, read the police reports and the story in the Tribune about the Sept. 20 meeting. Hare said she disagreed about how the attack had been portrayed by the other dog’s owner.
Hare said she was running with her small dog on the road when a large dog came running at them. She said she heard the dog’s owner screaming at it to get back into the yard.
Hare said in the initial attack, she was able to get her dog away from the attacking dog by kicking it. Hare said she pulled her dog away and it was hanging from the leash. The larger dog attacked a second time and pulled the little dog to the ground.
Hare said the vicious attack continued.
“I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t have a phone. I was out running,” she said. “The same gal that had been yelling for her dog to come back came over and between her and I got the dog to let go.”
But the story Hare told about the attack was different than what the council had heard from the dog’s owner Corine Adkins, the previous week.
“It was not like she said,” said Hare. “The dog did not let go when she had grabbed the dog. I was kicking it, punching it and pulling its hair.”
Hare said her dog was covered in blood and she became hysterical. Adkins tried to walk away with the other dog, but it once again attacked the little dog.
Hare said Kenton Jundt stopped to help her and began making phone calls. Another woman came out to help stop the bleeding of the injured dog.
Hare’s dog was taken to the Oahe Veterinary Clinic and over the course of several days, had surgeries to repair the wounds it suffered in the attack. The dog succumbed to those injuries three days after the attack, according to Hare.
She told the council she was pro-animal and has worked with rescue agencies and humane societies, saving and working with abused animals. She said she has seen vicious animals that needed to be put down.
“I saw a vicious dog kill my dog,” she said. “If the tables were turned, no matter how hard it would have been, I would have taken my dog and had him put down in my arms. I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I went through.”
She told the council the dog was going to hurt someone else and that she hopes they do the right thing. The road on which the attack occurred is used by families and others to walk and run.
Hare asked the council to reconsider and have the dog, according to ordinance, removed from city limits.
Adkins again addressed the council saying that Hare was not attacked by her dog. She said her story stands the same. She had four small children in the yard and she wouldn’t have let the dog off the leash if she didn’t trust the dog.
Prior to coming to live with her family, according to the Adkins, the three-year-old dog had been on a farm and had been trained to kill small, nuisance animals such as rabbits and gophers.
Adkins said she feels for the Hares but that her dog did not mean to kill the other dog. She said her dog “had just been playing and was still in that act of play and of course is going to get something that is being flung around on a rope.”
She apologized to the Hares but said the dog made a mistake and does not deserve to be taken away from the family or be put down.
Mayor Jamie Dietterle told the council that it is his opinion that he and the city should not be liable for having that dog in the city limits.
The council voted unanimously to have the dog removed from the city limits.
The council approved a permit for Kim Ulmer to demolish the west side of the burned-out Lowe building, remove the debris, take out the foundation and backfill the hole. This is a six-month permit.
There was a discussion about capping the water and sewer.
The ordinance concerning capping the utilities was discussed and clarified and the permit approved.