APD: Man allegedly waved handgun during dog leash dispute

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 14:08

A dispute over dogs in Eagle River earlier this month resulted in a call to police after a man allegedly brandished a handgun at two women walking their animals off leash.

On Jan. 12 at around 4 p.m. police said they responded to a report of a man brandishing a handgun. According to APD, two women told them they were walking their dogs off leash at the Briggs Bridge lower parking lot. Police said the women told officers a man approached them on the trail “holding a handgun, and yelling that he almost shot the dogs and that they needed to be on a leash.”

Police said one of the woman grabbed one of the two dogs and told the man she would leash the animals. The man allegedly continued to yell and wave the gun around until leaving with a woman and two girls in an SUV.

Police said the man was described as a 5-foot-9 white male possibly in his 30s, clean shaven with pronounced cheekbones and “a sunken-in face.” He was wearing all camouflage winter gear, police said, and driving a late-model black Ford Explorer.

Walking dogs off leash is technically against Municipality of Anchorage code.

According to the municipality, Title 17 requires pet owners to control their animals “at all times.” Dogs must be leashed except when “the animal is engaged in an activity that precludes it from accomplishing that activity if restrained; AND the animal is in an area normally associated with that activity; AND the activity is conducted in a manner that minizes impact with the general public.”

“The code does not allow for off-leash dog walking unless the pet is in a designated off-leash dog park space.”

APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said officers met with the women at a residence after they had already left the scene; Oistad said it did not appear any leash law citations were issued based on the officers’ report.

The APD case number is 19-1581. Anyone with information about the case can contact APD at 311, the department’s non-emergency line.

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