Concerns that a dog was shot near Lemon Creek Sunday turned out to be wildly exaggerated.
The dog was pictured in a Facebook post, with blood on its fur around its neck. But it was only fish blood, according to authorities.
“The dog is fine, the dog is home,” Karen Wood, director of animal control for the Juneau Animal Rescue, told the Empire in an interview Monday. “The dog had a fish in its mouth and rolled in fish.”
Concerned citizens who found the dog, which had escaped from its house, reported it to authorities before realizing it was fish blood, and also posted online. The dog was also wearing a collar, allowing them to contact the owner.
Wood said the owners of the dog — whom she declined to name at this time — will be cited at a later date for “dog at large.” The decision to issue the citation, Wood said, is because it required an after-hours callout for an Animal Control specialist to come deal with what turned out to be a less-than-serious issue after an alert was raised at around 7 p.m.
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