DAYTON -- A pit bull-type dog was busted out of the Dayton impound on Christmas Eve, according to Public Works Assistant Superintendant Sal Benavides. And an attempt to pound-break a second dog was reported Wednesday.
"This last one was a black Lab," he said. "You can see where they tried bolt cutters."
Benavides said dog owners are charged $25 if their dog is impounded, and a $7 fee for every day the dog remains in the pound. Dog owners occasionally try to circumvent the fees by breaking the canines out illegally.
"It's been a couple, two-three years since the last one," he said. "They just don't want to pay I guess."
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If an owner doesn't claim a dog within a week, the animal is sent to the Blue Mountain Humane Society.
The Dayton Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining the pound and animal control, along with other city maintenance duties. Capturing dogs running loose can be costly and pull city resources from other projects.
"You get tired of chasing the same dog all the time," Benavides said.