Owners raise concerns after dog injured at doggie day care

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BOULDER, Colo. — A dog from Gunbarrel is recovering after his owners say another dog attacked him at a doggie day care.

Mike and April Slone say they fear for their Fox Terrier Pascal. They had left Pascal at Gunbarrel Veterinary Clinic last week because they’re in the process of moving overseas to France.

“It wasn’t an ideal situation, but at the time we didn’t really have any choice but to put Pascal in the kennel for a little bit,” Mike Slone said.

But their plans are now on hold after they say a pit bull being boarded at the clinic mauled their dog.

“At the time we didn’t know if Pascal was going to live or die,” Mike Slone said. “She told me that a pit bull had attacked Pascal and clamped down on his neck. I don’t remember the exact words, but my impression was he was thrown around like a rag doll.”

Pascal will be OK, but Slone wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet.

“The anger is part of me now that I know Pascal’s OK,” Mike Slone said. “How does something like this happen?”

An investigation by the state found the vet and its staff followed all the rules leading up to the incident. Boulder does not have a ban on pit bulls, but it does have rules against aggressive dogs.

The vet initially said the pit bull injured two staff members in the attack but they have not filed an incident report with the Boulder County Animal Control, which has Slone worried that the dog could strike again.

“Essentially if they don’t report it, then there is nothing we can do,” Slone said. “So it’s really a frustration that this dog can go to a kennel. It can do this to someone else.”

Boulder police and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department say they have not had any part in the incident. If there are charges filed against the pit bull owner for the attack, it would come from one of those agencies.

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