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Man assaults officer after being asked to take freezing dog inside

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When officers with the Cañon City, Colo., police department showed up at a residence to request that a small, shivering dog be brought inside, they were assaulted, reported Thursday's Fox 21 News.

On Wednesday, officers were called out to the North Greydene Avenue residence by a neighbor who was concerned about the family's small dog, who was tethered outside in freezing weather; temperatures at the time were reported at just 8 degrees.

When an officer asked 35-year-old James Rowe to bring the dog indoors, the man allegedly became belligerent and refused. Rowe allegedly stated that the dog was "always outside," and noted that it was his legal right to leave the dog outside if he wanted to.

The officers were not to be deterred in their efforts and insisted that the dog be removed from the frigid conditions or they would take the dog to the local animal shelter.

Things became more heated after Rowe's wife came to the door and the officers demanded to see identification for she and her husband; the wife complied, but Rowe refused.

Shortly thereafter, a fight ensued, complete with alleged obscenities and wrestling.

Another man, 21-year-old Justin Pratt, also showed up and engaged the officers; he too was arrested.

One of the officers had to be taken to a hospital after the fray.

Amazingly, the wife's promise to bring the little dog inside proved sufficient for the dog to be left in her custody.

The men who were arrested are facing a slew of charges for their disorderly conduct.

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