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Vehicle similar to the one driven by the owner of the dog involved in an attack Saturday in the city park.

UPDATE: Dog attack in Grand Forks park doesn’t deter canine owners

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UPDATE: Dog attack in Grand Forks park doesn’t deter canine owners
Grand Forks North Dakota 375 2nd Ave. N. 58203

UPDATED AT 6:30 P.M.

Though Saturday’s dog attack near a Grand Forks dog park was in the back of her mind, Margaret Romo let her golden retriever play there Tuesday.

The Grand Forks Police Department still is seeking the owner of the dog that attacked another dog and a person at Lincoln Drive Park, but residents still took their canines out to play in the park.

“I couldn’t believe what I heard when I saw the news,” Romo said. “But it’s not going to stop me from coming out here, enjoying some fresh air and letting my dog run around.”
The Police Department is investigating the incident since Saturday, when police received a report of dog that attacked another dog and a man before it was fatally stabbed.

The attacking dog, which the victim and witnesses described as a “pit bull breed or some sort of mixed pit bull,” ran from an area near the Red River and bit the neck of another dog, described as a boxer, and would not let go, Grand Forks Police Lt. Bill Macki said.

The owner of the boxer attempted to separate the two canines, and while doing so the pit bull bit him, witnesses told police. The dog continued to bite and scratch, Macki said, so the victim pulled out a pocket knife and fatally stabbed it.

The owner of the attacking dog arrived at the scene shortly after. He then picked up his dog, apologized for the incident and left before the victim or police could collect any information from him, Macki said.

When reached by phone Tuesday, the owner of the victim dog declined to speak with the Herald.

The Police Department released a photo Tuesday depicting the type of utility vehicle driven by the owner of the attacking dog. Witnesses told police the person left the park in a red and white Razor XP, a utility vehicle similar to an all-terrain vehicle.

Police said they would like to contact the owner of the attacking dog to verify details of the incident and obtain the dog’s medical history to see if the victim needs to undergo treatment for rabies. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Grand Forks Police Department at (701) 787-8000.

Jill Nelson, spokesperson for the Grand Forks Parks District, said dog attacks are rare at Lincoln Drive Park, and the park district does what it can to prevent incidents like the one that happened Saturday.

Nelson said the park district has two dog parks at Lincoln Drive Park, separating the bigger dogs from the smaller ones. The park district allows dogs to be unleashed in the dog park but asks owners to watch the dogs and to leash them again once they exit the fenced area.

“I think we’re trying to get ahead of the curve on that just by separating the small dogs from the large dogs and then having rules where the owners have to be with the dogs,” Nelson said.

The social part of the dog park is what draws most people to the area, she said, and the area is mostly monitored by the dog owners themselves.

“It becomes where the owners seem to know the other dogs and the dogs will play with each other and things like that,” Nelson said. “We usually don’t have huge issues. it’s actually been a pretty positive thing for us.”

Mark Long, who was also out at the park Tuesday, said he and his canine were out to get some exercise and so his dog could play with others.

“It’s hard to find a place where dogs can play with each other, so that’s mostly what we come out here to do,” Long said. “And I’ve never had any problems.”

ORIGINAL STORY

The Grand Forks Police Department released a photo Tuesday depicting the type of utility vehicle driven by the owner of a dog that attacked another dog Saturday in a city park.

The person left Lincoln Drive Park in a red and white Razor XP, a utility vehicle similar to an all-terrain vehicle, which police say resembles the one in the released photo.

The Police Department has been seeking information on the incident since Saturday, when police received a report of dog that attacked another dog and a man before it was fatally stabbed. Police hope to identify the owner of the attacking dog to see if the victim needs to undergo treatment for rabies.

Lt. Bill Macki said the attacking dog, which he said the victim and witnesses describe as a “pit bull breed or some sort of mixed pit bull,” ran from an area near the Red River and began attacking another dog, described as a boxer. The pit bull bit the boxer by the neck and would not let go, according to a news release.

The owner of the boxer attempted to separate the two canines, and while doing so, the pit bull bit him, witnesses told police. The dog continued to bite and scratch, Macki said, so the victim pulled out a pocket knife and fatally stabbed it.

The owner of the attacking dog arrived at the scene shortly after, driving the red and white Razor XP. He then picked up his dog, apologized for the incident and left before the victim or police could collect any information from him, Macki said.

When reached by phone Tuesday, the owner of the victim dog declined to speak with the Herald.

Police said they would like to contact the owner of the attacking dog to verify details of the attack and obtain the dog’s medical history. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Grand Forks Police Department at (701) 787-8000.

Wade Rupard
Wade Rupard is a features reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 
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