A small pack of renegade dogs is still on the loose in Carson City. A few days ago, the dogs surrounded grazing deer at Lone Mountain Cemetery and jumped on then. One deer died. Others suffered various wounds.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Humane Society Animal Control, and Tribal Police are coordinating efforts to round up three feral roaming dogs. The dogs are believed to be very minimally socialized and not owned by any resident. The dogs are described as weighing between 60-80 pounds – one brown – one tan with a black mask, and the third is black and brown with white on its face.
Anyone seeing these dogs are asked to immediately call 775-887-2677 and give their location.
The three roaming dogs are believed to have joined-up with a new pack leader. Sightings of their activities were first reported in May. The dogs are very elusive and clever, making them difficult to tranquilize. Capturing these dogs are a high priority. They’re well known to attack deer and other small animals – including young children.
Citizens are urged to not approach or attempt to capture the dogs. Sheriff Furlong says “These dogs present a significant public hazard. While there are no reports of them attacking people, there is substantial concern that there is a risk to the public. Please do not attempt to engage or interact with these dogs.”
Sheriff Furlong noted that this is a different dog pack from the one reported last year – but likely from similar origins. Last year, residents reported sightings of four roaming dogs. Following a capture operation conducted in the fall of 2020, the Nevada Humane Society successfully apprehended the pack leader. The result was a quick cessation of the feral dogs aggressive behavior.
Based on the unique circumstances, the Nevada Humane Society will apply additional considerations because of the reported history of these dogs, however it is not the intent to harm or euthanize these dogs.
Please do not approach these dogs. Immediately call (775) 887-COPS (2677) to report immediate sightings.