Newport man charged after his dog gets loose, bites officer

Posted July 16, 2013, at 5:04 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — A local man was summoned on Tuesday after his Rottweiler escaped his home again, according to police.

Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid said on Tuesday that Roy Jones, 40, of Newport had been going through an eviction process at his Downwind Boulevard apartment. He kept his dog in the apartment and would come in at night to feed the dog.

The dog has escaped from the home many times, Macdaid said.

“We’ve been dealing with this huge Rottweiler on and off for the last month,” said Macdaid. “We’ve been out there numerous times for this dog.”

Because of the size and attitude of the dog, people in the neighborhood felt unsafe when the Rottweiler got loose, he said.

“The neighborhood was very nervous about it,” he said.

At about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, police were called about the loose dog.

Animal control officer and reserve Newport police Officer Cody Johndro responded and was bitten by the dog. He received minor injuries to his hand, but wasn’t transported to a hospital, Macdaid said.

The dog was captured by police and returned to Jones, who was summoned and charged with keeping a dangerous dog and a dog at large, both civil offenses. He was not arrested. The dog was uninjured. He could face a fine of up to $1,000 on the dangerous dog charge and up to $500 on the dog at large charge.

Macdaid said police had been trying to contact Jones for two weeks about the dog getting loose, including leaving messages on his door.

“I located him through friends of his. We were trying to make arrangements with him so we didn’t run into this situation,” he said.

Jones is scheduled to appear in Newport District Court on Aug. 28.

“If the judge determines that the dog is dangerous, it can be muzzled or put down,” Macdaid said.

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