We're hearing more of the actual radio traffic between Akron police, the 9-1-1 dispatch center and the Akron dog warden from that dog attack last week on Dietz Avenue.
These recordings come from the service radio channels, not the 9-1-1 callers the evening of Wednesday, September 19, just after 8:30 p.m. In the heat of the moment over the 21 minute period when officers first arrived on the scene; three people required medical attention due to bites received from the out-of-control pit bull.
Officers arriving on the scene asked for more EMS and someone with a shotgun, then repeated calls for the dog warden and asked that police units with a "dog pole" be dispatched to Dietz Avenue. The "dog pole" is a lengthy pole with a retractable loop which allows dog wardens or officers to humanely secure an animal without harm.
The recording provides a glimpse into what officers had on their hands that night; AkronNewsNow has condensed the full 21 minutes by editing "dead air" and deleting two short talk segments which provided little additional perspective other than the officer-dispatcher exchange of unit numbers. The audio compilation runs approximately seven minutes.
City officials say they will change city policy so the dog warden is more responsive to such calls in the future, but details have been lacking pending a face-to-face meeting with police that hasn't taken place. Sources at City Hall say police and the Administration overseeing the Dog Warden's function would be meeting as early as Thursday and a decision on policy changes could come by the end of the week.
One big unanswered question remains manpower: with just one or two dog wardens available to answer all animal calls city-wide, will more people need to be hired for animal control?