LAVERKIN – A pit bull has been taken into custody by animal control after being involved in an alleged attack on livestock Monday.
Members of the LaVerkin Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of three pit bull dogs attacking a cow in the area of 130 North 300 West Monday morning, according to a statement from LaVerkin Police Chief Ben Lee.
When officers arrived at the scene they found a pit bull in a field attacking a cow. Both animals were “covered in blood.” The cow had been cornered by the dogs, according to the statement. The cow’s owner was contacted and the injuries to the cow is currently unknown. No other livestock were reported as having been attacked.
Officers shot two rounds at the dog and missed, though it was captured shortly afterward. The dog was returned to its owner and has since been taken into the custody by LaVerkin Animal Control and placed under quarantine.
“Animal Control is currently awaiting an owner surrender or court order for further action with the animal,” Lee said in the statement.
It was initially suspected the attack could be related to dog attacks that have reportedly killed livestock in the Toquerville area. It was later determined the two incidents are not connected.
The statement did not go into detail as to two other pit bulls initially reported to be a part of the incident. A call to the LaVerkin Police for clarification was not returned by the time of publication.
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