Woman injured after being knocked over by dogs
Steamboat Springs — Editor’s note: This story has been updated
The husband of the woman who was knocked over and injured by a dog Sunday says their own dog was involved.
Bill Goggin said he was in the Spring Creek Park off-leash dog park with his wife TJ Goggin and their Newfoundland was playing with another dog.
“It was our Newfoundland that was wrestling around with the labrador and along with the two of them ran into her and knocked into her and knocked her down,” Bill Goggin said. “It wasn’t somebody else’s dog that was acting inappropriately.”
It was suspected TJ Goggin suffered a concussion and shoulder injury in the incident.
A 61-year-old woman suffered a possible dislocated shoulder and a concussion after being knocked down Sunday at Spring Creek Park.
The incident was reported at about 2 p.m. in one of two parks in Steamboat Springs where it is legal to have dogs off leash.
Steamboat Springs Animal Control Officer Krista Amatuzio said a large Newfoundland and a dog that looked like a labrador retriever were involved in the incident.
The owner of the Newfoundland called for help and reported the dogs had been running and playing when the woman was knocked down.
Amatuzio said it did not appear like the dogs were exhibiting any negative behavior.
“It didn’t sound like an attack, per se,” Amatuzio said.
The woman was confused after being knocked down.
“They were concerned enough that they transported her (to Yampa Valley Medical Center),” Amatuzio said.
People are allowed to have dogs off leash at the lower pond area at Spring Creek Park. Dogs can also be off leash at Rita Valentine Park.
Amatuzio said that even though dogs can be off leash at those areas, owners are still responsible for the behavior of their dogs. Dogs should be kept under voice command and within sight.
Amatuzio said animal control officers do get reports of dogs running up to people but not necessarily knocking them down.
She said there have been incidents on the Yampa River Core Trail and other areas where dogs are required to be on leash.
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