Sergeant Bowen then placed the animal in the shaded area provided by his patrol truck and provided it with water to drink. Bowen was able to contact the Ivins City Animal Control who agreed to respond outside their city limits to assist the animal. While waiting for the Animal Control to respond, Sergeant Bowen was able to gather items from his assigned first aid kit which he used to place a field dressing on the animals wounds. An officer with the Ivins City Animal control arrived and took custody of the dog.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge and thank the Ivins City Animal Shelter for their willingness to assist in this incident. We would also like to express our gratitude to the numerous local shelters and animal advocacy groups who have chosen to partner with the Sheriff’s Office in situations like this. During this investigation the Sheriff has been in contact with Linda Elwell who is the President of Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter, a non-profit organization. The Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful for the partnerships offered by this organization and their offer to handle the veterinary costs associated with “Sarge” the dog. Individuals or organizations who wish to donate to the cause may send donations to the contact information listed below.
Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter
661 East 425 South, Ivins, UT 84738
The Sheriff’s Office has seen a steady increase in the need for animal control in county areas and are investigating the possibility of developing Washington County Animal Control. Sergeant Bowen has been employed with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office since January of 1999. Bowen maintains a humble attitude regarding his actions with “Sarge” and saw his actions only as “doing his job.” Sergeant Bowen is not in a position to adopt “Sarge”, but is pleased the animal is recovering and potentially has a new home.
The Sheriff’s Office has received possible leads as to the suspects involved in this incident and the investigation is ongoing. Additional details will be provided as they become available. Individuals with possible suspect information are asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office.