Mar 14, 2024 - News

A Utah sheriff's office: Please don't "rescue" these dogs

A dog with a herd of sheep on a mountain.

A dog guards a herd of sheep near Hailey, Idaho. Photo: Matt Moyer/Getty Images

If you see what appears to be an abandoned dog in rural Utah, don't immediately lure it to a shelter.

What they're saying: That's the advice of Iron County sheriff's deputies, who say concerned passers-by are increasingly picking up ranchers' and farmers' dogs that are actually at work.

Why it matters: When well-meaning people remove the dogs, it puts the herds they're guarding at risk, deputies wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.

  • "This is also frustrating for the owners having to constantly track their dogs down," the post states.

What's next: When spring and summer arrive, herds will move into the mountains — and dogs will join them.

  • If you see unattended dogs while outdoors-ing in the area, call deputies at 435-586-9445.
  • "Deputies are aware of where these dogs usually are so that way we can make sure these livestock guardians are not removed," the department posted.
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