Children Running Scared From Large Dog On The Loose For Several Days

animal_control_tlsA large black dog has been on the loose and terrorizing children for at least 4 days. Parents and officials have confirmed that children have been running scared of the dog which has been roaming in the North Lake Drive park and Carasaljo areas since last week, with officials unable to capture the loose dog.

Police and Animal Control have been called numerous times regarding the dog, but each time they showed up, the dog was gone.

A trap has reportedly also been set up for the dog, which ended up catching a cat instead.

It’s unknown if the dog has an owner, or what type of dog it is. TLS-CAC/TLS-CCP.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. That is scary. As long as there is no reports of the dog biting any of these children then that is good news. But something still has to be done. There has to be someone who owns this dog because that person better pay for what his dog is doing. I have trust in God that they will catch this dog. And if this dog has an owner, he’s sure to be in trouble for this.

  2. It is typical behavior to say “my dog doesnt bite” although he is running ahead of his owner and not attached to a leash. or they say
    “Thats a friendly bark you hear and youre scaring my dog when you show you are afraid of it”. Let people keep their mutts tied up!!

  3. Yes, the dog has been running loose for the past several days. The dog is more afraid of you than you are of him. Every time we try to approach the dog or lure it to our cars with some food, it runs away into the woods. The dog appears to have an owner as it has a red collar on it. It also looks like it is a Labrador mix. Some advice imhave for the adults, bust most importantly children, when ever you see a dog that is unknow to you and they walkin you direction, stand still, don’t move and keep your arms at your sides. It may sniff you, but he should just walk away. When you run from a stray dog, he may look at that as an aggressive act towards him. Also, don not try to pet the dog either. Once the dog begins to walk away, never turn your back on it. Instead walk slowly backwards until you cannot see it anymore. The next obvious thing to do is for you to call animal control. You can call the police, but we are not dog catchers nor do we have the tools (leashes, grab sticks,traps) that animal control does. The best we can do for you is try to persuade the animal into our cars with a sandwich our wives made us for dinner.

  4. Why can’t the BRAND NEW animal control van take care of it!! After all that’s what we are told thay had to spend our money on. The old van wasn’t capable of doing

  5. LPD officer thank you for taking a moment to share these rather informative tips with the public. May G-d keep you safe and sound. By the way that is selfless to offer your lunch to a dog to get him off the streets! If you did catch him, what would you do with it? If it is a domesticated dog he must be starving. they are not used to getting their own meals. (They are like welfare recipients I guess LOL)

  6. Its not the van that is doing the catching of the dog..its the animal control officers, and no one can catch this animal..don’t you read everytime an officer gets close to this dog it runs. The old van had 100,000 miles or more on it..thus it needed to be replaced..after that many miles they just start to break..its a matter of time..The Animal Control officers have had that van for over 10 yrs..every now and then you need new vehicles

  7. i actually walked that area on shbs and came across a dog with that description that scared me and my kids but thankfully was on a leash with an owner….think this guy is havin some fun??

  8. Not every time that some bored individual spews some cynical gibberish do you need to defend your turf. If animal control got a new van I’m sure it was not for the heck of it. Just because u have a new van that doesn’t mean there is also staff 24-7. If they did have that we would hear “That’s killing our taxes!!”

  9. Shoot a harmless dog?? A dog is not a beast! It sounds like a lab which is not an aggressive dog. I don’t understand why the previous poster had to run from a dog on a leash….. Do you really think every dog wants to bite you?? Even a pit bull or rotty won’t bite unless provoked.

  10. Everyone is focusing on the dog, and they’re missing the main point of the story, which is the amazing stamina these children have shown by running for several days!

  11. If every time you call LPD in regards to this loose dog (which has been around more like a week and a half already) and it takes them 20 min to come (or not even show up at all) how do u expect for them to catch the dog? Do u think the dog is going to wait for them??!!

  12. Hey number 18 new flash! Lakewood actually has major crimes like
    homicides, assaults, car accidents, burglaries. So sorry it takes 20 minutes for us to get there but the dog takes a back burner to the other things listed above. And again let me reiterate , we are not dog catchers we have animal control for that so if you don’t like our response time to a dog running loose because we are investigating an actual crime, call animal control

  13. May be the dog wants to play. May be he thinks the kids are playing because they are running and he wants to run too. Educate yourselves on dogs and their behavior and you may not have these fears.

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