HYDRO — A Hydro man sprung his poodle from the pound using a lawn tractor and bolt cutters, only to land himself behind bars with no one to rescue him. And while he was in jail, his dog was put back in the pound and euthanized.
Edwin Fry, 73, said he wasn't going to let Buddy Tough rot in jail, but he didn't intend to pay the $100 fine to free him.
Instead, on Oct. 13 he drove his lawn mower to the town's kennel, cut through the cage with a large pair of bolt cutters and started home with Buddy Tough on his lap.
Fry's not denying what he did. He warned police to stay away from his dog and meant it, he said.
"I told them 'I don't advise you take my dog unless you want to face my shotgun,'" Fry said.
"They told me they were going to kill him — so there was no choice but to take matters into my own hands."
Hydro police officer Chris Chancellor said ever since two pit bull terriers killed a high school student's show calf three weeks ago, the department has been flooded with calls about unleashed dogs.
"We don't have the manpower to patrol for loose dogs, but we act on every complaint," Chancellor said.
Chancellor said there were numerous complaints about Fry's dog. One woman complained Buddy Tough was coming to her house and causing a ruckus with her dogs.
In a separate incident, a senior fell and injured herself trying to get Buddy Tough off her porch one night. After that, a resident caught the dog and brought him to the police station, he said.
Buddy Tough had already been in the city pound once before. That time, Fry paid the $50 fine and had him released.