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Officials seek owners of seized dogs

May 9, 2013 - From staff reports

Officials are attempting to identify the owners of three dogs that were the subject of two complaints Saturday in north Riverton.

The animals have since been impounded, and nobody was injured in the incidents, the first of which was reported

at about 3 p.m. Saturday on Snowberry Lane in the Gardens North Subdivision.

A woman in the area said two light-colored pit bulls and one dark-colored pit bull tried to attack her daughter. The girl reportedly was able to get away before suffering injuries, but the woman said the dogs were still "running around charging people with their teeth bared."

Another woman called just before 4 p.m. Saturday to report three dogs -- one black, one brown and one pit bull -- running at large in the 1600 block of North Smith Road. She thought they may have killed some sheep in the area previously.

Officials said the incidents involved the same three dogs, and the animals have been located and impounded. The woman who made the first report told deputies where to find the dogs' owner, but officials said they are still trying to identify the person responsible for the animals.

"Three or four people reside there, and no one is claiming ownership at this time," Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said Tuesday. "We're getting to the bottom of it."

He said the owner will face criminal charges once he or she is identified.

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