Dog's Ill-Advised Chewing Proves Pricey

Cable chomp costs Mississippi county $7K
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2020 3:45 PM CDT
Updated Aug 27, 2020 3:59 PM CDT
Dog's Cable Chomp Costs County $7K
Stock image. Police have not released a sketch of the suspect.   (Getty/Lux_8)

A curious dog got hold of a fiber optic cable that ran between county buildings in Mississippi, chewing it to pieces and costing county officials thousands of dollars, per the AP. The cable connected a courthouse and a nearby Justice Court building in Amite County, Tim Wroten, the county’s sheriff, told the Enterprise-Journal. The wire was mostly elevated but dipped to the ground by the front door of the Justice Court building, where the dog chewed it. The culprit was not caught in the act, but officials saw “his running mate" through the security camera, Wroten said.

The sheriff has a suspect in mind but lacks evidence to hold up his charge. Which is no joke: If officials knew who the troublemaker was, the county could seek damages, which amounts to more than $7,000, from the owner. Wroten's office first spent $4,000 to establish two antennae that send signals to the cables, but it failed. County supervisors then voted Tuesday to spend an additional $3,600 to get a new cable. Amite County Justice Court Judge Roger Arnold said it’s his first time hearing a case like this. “I did hear the suspect was still at large,” he quipped.

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