A vicious dog hearing for a Rhodesian Ridgeback that reportedly attacked a Golden Retriever and its owner at Ryan Park is set for Thursday, Oct. 25 at noon.
According to reports from the North Kingstown Police Department, the Ridgeback broke loose from its owner during a walk in Ryan Park and then attacked a Golden Retriever. The Retriever sustained multiple bite wounds to its neck and stomach while the dog's owner suffered a small cut on her finger. The Ridgeback's owner also was injured during the scuffle as she attempted to separate the two dogs. Both dogs were up to date on vaccinations.
An animal control officer visited the home of the Ridgeback and learned that it lived with another dog. According to the owner, the Ridgeback was only aggressive toward other dogs and that it had been to a trainer several times.
The owner of the Golden Retriever requested a vicious dog hearing for the animal. In the police's reports, the Retriever's owner demanded that the other dog be destroyed and that if the town didn't take care of it that "the community will take it into their own hands." According to the animal control officer, "even if the dog is deemed vicious, it will not get put to sleep."
The hearing is set for October 25 at noon at the North Kingstown Police Department.