Coon Rapids Man Cited For Animal At Large After June 26 Dog Bite

A Coon Rapids man has been cited for animal-at-large following a dog bite incident late last week. According to an affidavit from the Coon Rapids Police Department, the bite occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26 in the 800 block of Park Street. Authorities allege 20-year-old Troy Smouse Jr. had failed to confine or leash Jericho, his German shepherd. The canine ran from the property and bit a neighbor’s father on the leg causing a large laceration. Smouse was cited Monday for second-offense animal-at-large, a simple misdemeanor. Smouse is scheduled to appear before a magistrate in Carroll County District Court on Thursday, Aug. 27. The dog is required to be quarantined for 10 days. A vicious animal hearing is scheduled for the July 6 Coon Rapids City Council meeting. If the dog is deemed vicious, the animal must be removed from city limits. Smouse will have the option to appeal the initial designation.