Many dog owners are familiar with the Chuckit, a three-foot plastic throwing aid, but it’s been deemed a deadly weapon at Auburn’s Memorial Dog Park.
On Saturday, police say 56-year-old David Cramer struck a woman over the head with a Chuckit during some sort of dog dispute. Cramer was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Now, dog owners are worried their favorite ball launcher might banned for good.
“Somebody could do that with anything. You can go pick up a stick and do that, so you just can’t ban everything because somebody wanted to use it and abuse it,” dog owner Gary Becker said.
Barney Swan, another dog owner, agrees that the idea of banning the toy is silly.
“I don’t see how a little hit in the head with one of those, you can ban it from regional public park,” Swan said. “That seems a bit ridiculous.”
The City of Auburn will discuss the issue if the Auburn Recreation Department brings it up to them, but the mayor told FOX40 they will have to prove to her there is more than one incident for her to vote for a Chuckit ban.