OKLAHOMA CITY - Officials with Oklahoma City Animal Welfare say they are working with the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office after a service dog was attacked outside of the Oklahoma County Courthouse.
Jon Gary, superintendent of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, said the agency received the report on Tuesday when the incident happened.
"We do believe the dog that was attacked may have been owned by an attorney that works at the courthouse, but we’re not sure about that yet," Gary said.
Both dogs, whose breeds were not released as of Wednesday, were with their owners. In fact, Gary said the dog that attacked the seeing eye dog was on a leash. However, the extent of the other dog's injuries are not known.
If charges are filed in the case, Gary told News 4 that it would likely fall under a 'dangerous animal' case. If that happens, an investigator would be assigned to the case.
"In Oklahoma City, we have dangerous and menacing dog ordinances. What that means is that if a dog attacks another dog or a person, unprovoked, then they could possibly be deemed dangerous by the courts," he said. "If the victim chooses to sign a complaint, we will assign an officer to that and then we will go and we will impound the animal. The animal will have to stay here in the shelter. It will be signed in a court date and then pending the judge’s decision, if the animal is deemed dangerous at that time, once it goes to court then the judge will then making a ruling."
In some cases, the animal would have to be put down. In other cases, the owner could get the animal back with certain restrictions and confinement protocols.
"The charge they get is harboring a dangerous animal. It’s a fine they have to pay, works very similar to a traffic ticket," Gary explained.
Gary said as of Wednesday, the owner of the attacked dog has not filed a complaint with Oklahoma City Animal Welfare.
"We’ll be speaking with the district attorney’s office there at the courthouse, trying to obtain more information," he said. "They will decide whether or not it will be a case they take or if it will be assigned to our office."