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Dogged pursuit: Canine chase jams traffic on Legacy Parkway

The Legacy Parkway in Davis County is seen from the Glover Lane overpass in Farmington, Utah, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009.
The Legacy Parkway in Davis County is seen from the Glover Lane overpass in Farmington, Utah, Friday, Sept. 11, 2009.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

WOODS CROSS — A small dog stopped traffic in both directions Monday on Legacy Parkway as animal control and Utah Highway Patrol officers chased the animal back and forth over a 1-mile stretch.

The dog crisscrossed all lanes of traffic as officers tried to stop him about 5:30 p.m., taking off as soon as anyone got close. The chase lasted more about 40 minutes and caused significant delays on Legacy Parkway.

"He'd run northbound for a while, then get turned around and run back southbound. It was just back and forth," said UHP trooper Doug Moss, who helped with the chase.

Eventually, the dog's owner arrived.

"The owner showed up and flagged me over. He said, 'I think that might be my dog,'" Moss said. "I got him up to where the dog was, and the dog came right to him and jumped into his car."

The dog's owner had been walking it on the trail along the west side of Legacy Parkway when he decided to let the dog off its leash, which is illegal, Davis County Animal Control Director Clint Thacker said.

Once off the leash, the dog bolted, running through a fence and onto the highway, Thacker said.

The dog's owner was fined $110 and cited for having an animal running at large, a leash violation and having an animal in a prohibited place, Thacker said.

The dog's owner declined to comment Monday.

As the chase was going on, drivers who saw officers trying to wrangle the dog stopped to help, an action that is unwise despite good intentions, Moss said.

"It's a good effort, but it's really dangerous for people to be getting out of their cars on the freeway," he said.

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