Lake Havasu City Police officers responded to a Rudolph Drive address Monday morning after receiving reports that as many as five dogs were running free throughout the neighborhood. An animal control officer arrived and attempted to speak with the reporting party, the report said, when five dogs ran toward the officer.
According to the police report, a nearby residence was identified by the officer as having been reported numerous other times in reference to dogs reported at large in the neighborhood.
All five dogs ran back to their residence, according to police, and tried to make their way inside. Each was panting heavily, the officer reported, with no access to water. A check of the dogs’ licenses showed that two were expired.
One of the animals’ caretakers, identified as 20-year-old Havasu resident Samantha F. Hoffman, was called to the residence to retrieve the dogs.
Hoffman said she believed her boyfriend may not have locked the door to the home’s gate when he left that day, allowing the animals to escape.
Hoffman was cited on two counts of keeping an aggressive animal and three counts of having dogs at large.