BUSTED! Prairie dog taken to jail, ‘charged’ with criminal trespass

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PANGUITCH, Utah — A prairie dog was listed among the inmates Friday on the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office website.

“Prairie dog Owens,” whose date of birth was listed as April 3 of this year, faces a Class B Misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass, the website said. (Scroll down to see a screenshot of Owens’ booking information.)

Owens was arrested at midnight early Friday morning by officer Danny Perkins, according to GCSO’s Inmate Booking web page, which still had Owens’ booking information online as of 5 p.m. Friday.  Owens’ bail amount was set at $623, the website said.

Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins told FOX 13 the listing was an effort to add some humor to the prairie dog invasion that Garfield County residents are facing.

Prairie dogs have been causing damage to roads and crops, Perkins said. One of them was captured in a Panguitch hardware store and taken to the Garfield County Jail, where officers kept it until U.S. Forest Service officials could relocate it.  The captured rodent was nicknamed “Prairie dog Owens.”

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  • hey duke

    As much as I dislike prairie dogs and the damage they do when there are too many, I think we should keep the prairie dog and re-locate Danny Perkins.

  • Nancy Rowe

    It seems like the real damage comes from idiots in the sheriff’s department. Keep the prairie dogs, they’re harmless. I agree with re-locating a few rodents in the Garfield Co. sheriff’s department!!!!!!!

  • Kevin

    The prairie dog must not have been trying to do good for the community. Otherwise he would still be locked up.
    If you want to find out what the sheriff is really about you should attend the Jury trial in Garfield County on July 1st.

  • Roger

    If Deputy Perkins has nothing better to do than arrest prairie dogs for “criminal trespass” then citizens are the losers. Come election time, maybe a new Sheriff should be installed.

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