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Loose sled dog team lead Billings police on low-speed chase

All is well that ends well for mischievous pups
Posted at 11:21 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 16:11:19-04

BILLINGS — Something you don't expect to see out your car window- a loose sled dog team.

For some Billings residents, that was the sight Wednesday night.

“Last night, I had all four dogs out with my sled, and we were going really well. It was going great, and part of the reason we do a lot of these early runs is just for training. We work on our gee and ha, which is left and right,” dog owner Jen Mignard of Billings said.

Mignard was practicing for a mushing competition at Norm's Island in south Billings when she tipped and was left behind.

“You know, the dogs work together amazingly as a team,” Mignard said.

Unfortunately, they also work together well in mischief.

“I thought, 'well this is no good,' although I was sure they just would go back to my pickup,” Mignard said.

They did not.

“I was very frightened, not knowing which way my dogs had gone,” Mignard said.

She reached out to neighbors for help, and posted on the Facebook group, Lost/ Found Pets of Billings.

“People are going to notice four dogs on a sled, going anywhere, and they did, right away. I had messages immediately,” Mignard said.

Mignard got a call from a neighbor saying that an Officer David Firebaugh had spotted the team headed toward Riverfront Park.

He and another officer attempted to stop the canines.

“They led the police on a bit of a slow-speed chase,” Mignard said.

Knowing her dogs were safe, Mignard was able to laugh at the situation, and she wasn’t the only one.

“Everybody was able to bond, and he made a comment that this was definitely one for the books,” Mignard said.

Mignard was able to pick the dogs up from Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter the next day.