Trooper says he was forced to use pepper spray on dog

From staff reports

A Franklin state police trooper says he determined he needed to use pepper spray on an aggressive dog late Monday afternoon in Cherrytree Township.

Trooper Mitchell Fetterman said he responded to a Dutch Hill Road residence at about 5:40 p.m. Monday.

“I got called up there for a neighbor who called regarding the dog,” Fetterman said. “Apparently it was becoming very aggressive to everyone there.”

Police said the dog’s owner, a 29-year-old woman, failed to keep the dog confined within the premises or under reasonable control.

As Fetterman was speaking with neighbors, the mixed German shepherd breed dog turned its attention toward him, he said.

“It was sitting on the porch, not tethered,” Fetterman said. “As I was walking down the road, it started coming at me. It got within four feet of me before I pepper sprayed it.”

Fetterman said he used the pepper spray to avoid being bit by the dog.

The trooper said the owner told him she had trouble getting the dog to listen to her.

Fetterman said he observed the dog leaving the premises several times. He added that a dog warden was advised to check on licensing and veterinary information for the dog.

Fetterman said the owner is being cited, but there were no records in online court dockets Tuesday that any non-traffic citations had been filed.