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Blue Springs Police say dog is safe after video shows it penned in enclosure with standing water

Posted at 3:53 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 16:53:48-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a video circulated online of a dog in Blue Springs penned in an enclosure full of standing water, police say the dog is safe.

The video posted to Facebook, which had more than 6,000 shares as of Wednesday afternoon, shows the dog pacing in its flooded pen. The post claimed the dog had no food, water or shelter.

Blue Springs police investigated and told 41 Action News they spoke with the dog's owner. He was issued a citation, ordered to remove the standing water from the pen and told to bring the dog inside for the night. 

Police also said the video does not show that there is a dog house inside the pen, which sits about eight inches about the ground, giving the dog elevated and dry shelter. 

Police said the owner had cleared the pen of water by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Pictures sent by police show the dog's pen after the work was completed. 

Police said the dog will not be removed from the home but officials will continue to check in on the animal, especially during inclement weather. 

"We certainly do not want to see any dog or animal suffer and we will do what we can, legally, to ensure the safety and protection of all animals within our city," police said in a statement.