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Dog calls up slightly this year, but complaints about barking down substantially


November 20, 2019

OFFICER ETHAN ROWE visits a dog after putting it in a kennel at the Sweet Home Police Department. The dog had contact information on its collar, and the owners were on their way to pick up the dog when the photographer arrived. The dog apparently got loose when children accidentally left a door open.

Sweet Home police appear to be about as busy as ever with dog-related calls, after five years of handling most of the city's canine problems, but the number of complaints about barking dogs has dropped substantially from last year.

Based on projections, "there's a little bit of an increase in the total number of calls," said Sgt. Chris Wingo, and Sweet Home Police Department will respond to about 505 dog-related calls.

"We definitely feel the burden of the call load," Wingo said. "It can be frustrating for our officers. We would like to see a different program in place, where police don't...

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