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Three dogs dead after aggressive attack leaves three people injured in Clinton

Nov 6, 2023, 6:46 PM | Updated: 6:55 pm

CLINTON — Three dogs are now dead following an aggressive attack on three people Sunday.

One of the dogs was shot by a victim, while the other two were euthanized Monday.

Davis County Animal Control officers say multiple citations are being issued against the owner. However, the question being asked around the neighborhood is how did those dogs become so aggressive?

Tom Jorgensen was just five minutes away from leaving town for the winter when something stopped him.

He says the three dogs charged at him without warning, no barking or anything. They just started biting.

The dogs were aggressive

“They were so aggressive,” Jorgensen said. “Couldn’t believe that animals could be that aggressive.”

(KSL TV)

Jorgensen tells KSL he was able to grab a weed whacker from off his neighbor’s trailer and was able to beat back the dogs. And for a moment, they left

“What we didn’t know at the time is they had already attacked by neighbor over here,” Jorgensen said.

And as Jorgensen went to check on his neighbors, that’s when the dogs returned.

“And they knocked me onto the utility trailer,” he said. “And was biting me and stuff.”

Trapped and couldn’t get away

But this time it was worse, Jorgensen says he was essentially pinned and could not fight them off. That’s when his neighbor grabbed his gun.

“He came out and shot the dog,” Jorgensen said.

It was an outcome neither of men wanted. Jorgensen says he got about 20 stitches to his leg, and various wounds to his hand and other leg.

At one point, the dogs attacked his wife, too. However, she was able to escape with only a minor wound to the leg. That was all before the shot was fired.

Animal control officers say the dogs were not up to date on their rabies shots. That’s why they need to be euthanized and tested so quickly. They say they also found multiple dogs with parvo on the owner’s property. Something else they’re looking into.

While Jorgensen is saddened by the turn of events, he is grateful his neighbor did what he felt he needed to do.

“I really feel bad for Glenn(Collier) because he is he’s a dog owner,” Jorgensen said. “And he loves his dogs. And just like we love ours and they have to resort to that. But he probably saved my life. He’s a good neighbor.”

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Three dogs dead after aggressive attack leaves three people injured in Clinton