Two dogs were reported running loose on University Drive at about 8:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 near the corner of University Drive and Lincoln Avenue.
Amelia Towne, a senior communication major, reported seeing a white SUV slowing down and appearing concerned about the loose dogs but ended up stopping on one of the dog’s paws.
Towne was accompanied by another student who only wanted to be referred to by his first name, Tyler, a sophomore civil engineering major.
“The dog was yelping and screaming, so I took off into the street to get the guy to back up and he was trying to figure out what to do,” Tyler said. “So instead of backing up he rolled completely over the dog’s foot and then took off. I was trying to get to the dog and get it out of the street for other cars so I didn’t get his license plate or anything.”
Both students reported the vehicle to be a small white SUV being driven by a middle aged white male.
“The car finally moved and the dog got free and was limping away so I ran to the dog and grabbed the dog by the collar and tried to find a number to call, but all he had was a city tag and a number for the city,” Towne said.
After calling the city number on the dog’s tag, the students were given the phone number for the owner, but calls kept going straight to voice mail.
“So I stayed with the dog and Tyler ran across the street to get campus security involved, since it happened on campus,” Towne said.
Tyler went to get help in the transportation office.
“The guy I spoke to in there was apparently a dog lover too because he called security right away,” Tyler said.
Both students reported waiting between 30 to 40 minutes for help to arrive. When campus security didn’t show up, Towne finally decided to call the police.
“We were running out of time to get to class and we couldn’t just stand out there with the dog,” Towne said.
When the Boise Police Department showed up they attempted to reach the owner as well, but had no luck. Campus security is reported to have shown up shortly after the police arrived.
Boise Police and campus security took the dog into their custody approximately an hour after the accident took place.
Campus security was contacted for a response to this article.
Rick Rogers, a civilian employee who answers the phones for campus security/Boise police, refused to give an official quote but mentioned that campus security had indicated the dog to be in OK health and that there was no need to pursue this case.
For help with animal situations like this, students can contact the Idaho Humane Society at 208-342-3508.