Ogden Police Department vehicle

An Ogden Police vehicle is shown here Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Ogden.

OGDEN — Police say an Ogden officer shot a dog after the animal allegedly attacked the officer.

According to a press release from the Ogden Police Department, officers responded to a call in the 2400 block of D. Avenue around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. 

Officers were at the home to assist workers with Child Protective Services, according to the release. 

When officers approached the house, a dog "came out from behind a vehicle in the driveway and attacked one of the officers," the release says. 

The officer then drew his gun and shot the dog. The dog then "discontinued the attack," the release says. 

Injuries to the dog were non-life threatening, and the dog was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment. 

The incident is under investigation. 

In a video uploaded to Facebook by the dog's owners, the dog can be seen with a bloody face after the incident.

Lindsy Maestas, one of the dog's owners, told the Standard-Examiner a different story than that of the Ogden Police.

Maestas said there were two police officers, and one officer asked her boyfriend to put the dog inside. When the boyfriend walked to get the dog, the other officer "felt threatened," took out his gun and shot the dog while the boyfriend was walking to get the dog. 

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl or email him at jscholl@standard.net

(4) comments


They love to kill dogs. Un-men


Once again the cops have to show how “tough” they are and shoot an innocent dog who was TIED UP!!!


There are some dog leashes that are 15-25 feet long, which is long enough to allow a dog to attack someone even though they are on a leash. How about we wait until all the facts are known or the officer's body cam footage is released before condemning the cops? Since OPD was responding to the house at the request of DCFS, it's entirely possible that the DCFS case worker felt threatened by the dog or by the occupants of the home. The law in Utah is that dogs must be properly restrained to prevent attacks even if the animal is on private property.


You were there? Let's wait for camera footage before jumping off the bridge to a possibly wrong conclusion. The owner is always going to skew the story against the authorities, who were there to support Child Protective Services on a case.

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