give animal control officers help capturing elusive dogs
15, 2014 7:59 pm • Times Staff
VALPARAISO | Like a device out of Batman's utility belt,
new Net Guns are one more weapon in the arsenal of the
Porter County Animal Control to capture dogs on the run.
three-man division of the Porter County Sheriff's
Department tried out the new equipment for the first
time Tuesday at the Porter County Expo Center.
devices, which look like a large flashlight, can shoot a
net about 30 to 45 feet over stray dogs who would resist
other attempts to be collared by animal control
nets are propelled by pressurized carbon dioxide.
Animal Control Officer Patrick Cassin said the nets
would be used when other methods — such as a snare or
trap — fails.
goal, Cassin said, is to get stray or vicious dogs to
the shelter where they are safe. Dogs often fear the
officers, and run into traffic trying to get away.
dogs that keep their distance from officers, the net
provides a means for capturing them before they get
hurt, or hurt someone else.
Officers Greg Nemeth and Doug Crandall said the most
difficult aspect of using the new device is repacking
Crandall said dogs that have been abused are often
afraid of officers. They often won't let anyone get
within 10 to 15 of them.
The net allows officers a chance to
get those dogs into an environment where they can be
the best solution I can think of," he said.
Officers said they looked a data from previous calls and
determined there was a need for this type of device.
Sheriff's Department purchased three Net Guns — one for
each officer — at a cost of $650 per device.