3 dogs to be euthanized after second incident in Brainerd
The dogs were found to be violating provisions of their dangerous designation after being found in the city of Brainerd last month.
BRAINERD — Three dogs in Brainerd will be euthanized after a second incident following a dangerous dog designation last fall.
Three pitbull/Labrador mixes belonging to Nathan Scott and Angela Blakemore were declared dangerous in October after killing a smaller dog while off their leashes in northeast Brainerd. The City Council upheld the dangerous dog designation, requiring the owners to remove the dogs from city limits within seven days and provide proof of such.
On Feb. 24, however, police officers were called to a residence on Second Avenue Northeast to break up a fight between two of the dogs in which Blakemore intervened. Under city statute, if an animal previously deemed dangerous violates a provision set forth during the designation process, it is to be seized by animal control and euthanized in a humane manner.
It doesn’t feel good, but this was their choice.
Owners have the option to request a hearing in front of the City Council, in which the council will determine if the animal has violated any provisions.
Animal Control Officer Mike O’Brien gave a brief account of the incident during the council’s meeting Monday, March 7. Police officers were already on scene and separated the dogs when he arrived, he said. One dog was in a squad car, while another was in the backyard. He later found the third dog inside the house. O’Brien said he immediately recognized the dogs as Ava, Wendy and Brownie, the three that had previously killed the smaller dog. He then seized the dogs.
City Attorney Joe Langel told council members the issue before them Monday was very narrow — were the dogs within city limits and therefore in violation of their provisions. The answer, the council agreed, was yes.
Council members then agreed to follow city code, which means the three dogs will be euthanized.
“These owners knew that by bringing the dogs back in city limits they were putting the dogs in danger,” council member Mike O’Day said, noting he wanted to give the dogs a chance last fall. “This is not the dogs’ fault, and the reason that they are dangerous dogs is probably not their fault either. It doesn’t feel good, but this was their choice.”
The owners were not present during the hearing at the beginning of Monday’s meeting but came later on and were allowed to address the council.
Blakemore and Scott both said the dogs are not dangerous in their nature and asked the council to at least consider having a behavioral specialist examine them to determine whether they are dangerous before euthanizing them.Council President Kelly Bevans, however, noted the council had already voted on the measure and was only allowing the owners to speak after the fact as a courtesy.
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