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Owner of vicious dog hides but gets arrested

'The individual was found hiding with the dog in a locked room'
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Nipissing West OPP.

OPP say they have arrested the owner of a dog that attacked people and other dogs in Sturgeon Falls, for assaulting a peace officer.

On the afternoon of Oct. 7, Nipissing West OPP went to a home on Railway Street in Sturgeon Falls with a search warrant to seize a dog for public safety reasons. The dog had been involved in four separate attacks on people and other dogs in the past few months.

"The homeowner refused to open the door, therefore, officers forced their way in the residence under the authority of the search warrant," says Constable Michelle Coulombe. "Once inside, the individual was found hiding with the dog in a locked room, and again, refused to open it which resulted in officers having to force it open. The subject continued to be uncooperative, became combative, assaulted officers, and subsequently resisted arrest."

Renée Falardeau , 34, from Sturgeon Falls is charged with:

  • Obstruct peace officer
  • Assault a peace officer
  • Resist peace officer

Falardeau is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on November 19 in Sturgeon Falls.

The dog, the breed of which was not disclosed, was seized and turned over to the North Bay and District Humane Society.