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Longboat Key Police officers rescue dog from canal

Officers conducted a late-night rescue of an injured dog in a canal. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, Feb. 23

Fetch elsewhere

12:54 p.m., 100 block of North Shore Road

Animal Problem: An officer was sent to respond to a complaint about a dog on the beach. When the officer arrived at the beach, there was a small dog playing fetch with a group. The officer spoke with the dog’s owner, and said not only are dogs not allowed on the beach but the dog also needed to be on a leash. The owner said she was unaware of the ordinance and would leave the beach. 

Saturday, Feb. 24

Clear the way, please 

10:27 a.m., 1600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Officer Public Service: A citizen called for police assistance regarding his car being blocked by construction vehicles. The complainant said he wanted to leave the site but could not because his vehicle was being blocked by other vehicles and equipment. The officer then spoke with the construction superintendent, who said the crew needed a few minutes to finish something up before helping unblock the complainant’s car. 

Clear the way redux

5:28 p.m., 3000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Highway Obstruction: While on patrol, an officer noticed a broken beach chair blocking a lane of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The officer removed the chair and properly disposed of it in the dumpster at the police department. 

Sunday, Feb. 25

Doorknob malfunction 

8:25 a.m., 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Officer Public Service: Dispatch sent a Longboat Key officer to respond to a lock-in. At the scene, the homeowner told the officer that the door handle to the baby’s room broke off and they were unable to get inside the room. The Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department was also called to the scene. Fire Rescue used a ladder to climb up to the balcony and get into the bedroom through a sliding glass door and open the other door from the inside. The baby was safe. 

Monday, Feb. 26

Shopping spree 

8:34 p.m., 1900 block of Harbourside Drive

Officer Public Service: This call started as a possible missing person. An officer arrived on scene and met with the caller, who said her husband had gone shopping but hadn’t returned home yet. The husband was contacted by the officer. He said he was fine, and that his wife was overreacting. 

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Dog on the loose 

6 p.m., 500 block of Birdie Lane 

Animal Problem: A citizen called to report a loose Dobermann that was biting other dogs. An officer requested Sarasota Animal Control Services also respond to the scene. Upon arrival, the officer met with the complainant who said he saw the loose Dobermann running around without a leash, and he was concerned the dog would bite others in the neighborhood. The officer canvassed the area and was able to locate the dog’s owner. The owner said his dog accidentally got out of the harness and was running around for a few minutes when they encountered the complainant. It was confirmed that no other dogs or humans were bitten. 

Thursday, Feb. 29

Dog in distress 

11:16 p.m., 500 block of De Narvaez Drive

Officer Public Service: A resident called for police assistance in locating his dog who was crying somewhere in the canal. Longboat Key Police units were able to find the dog in the canal and rescued it. The dog had minor cuts from barnacles, and officers advised the owner to clean the dog’s wounds and seek veterinarian care.



Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.

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