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Sheriff's Deputy Involved In Dog Park Scuffle

The Sacramento Bee via YellowBrix

June 22, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – A day at the dog park turned ugly when a woman identified as a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy punched another woman in the face as their dogs fought.

Shelly Riley said she was at Bear Dog Park in Roseville, sitting with other owners in an area reserved for small dogs about 6:30 p.m. Friday, when the trouble began.

Her dog, a miniature pinscher named Diesel, started to mix it up with two pugs. The pugs both got on top of Diesel, who was on his back, she said.

She said she was concerned Diesel would get hurt.

As she pulled the pugs off by their harnesses, she felt someone grabbing her from behind. She turned to see what the person wanted.

“Then there was a fist coming at my face,” Riley said. "As soon as I got hit this lady said, ‘You threw my dog.’ ’’

Riley said she dragged the dogs off but didn’t throw them.

Other dog owners separated the two women. They escorted the woman who had thrown the punch to her car and detained her until officers arrived, Riley said.

Roseville Police Sgt. Dave Sloane identified the woman as Monica Estephanie Chavez, 32. She was arrested, cited on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and released pending a court date next month, Sloane said. She was also ejected from the dog park, he said.

Chavez told officers that she was in local law enforcement, Sloane said.

Sgt. Tim Curran, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, said a deputy was cited on suspicion of battery by Roseville police Friday but would not give her name.

The deputy, who normally patrols the north area, was assigned to modified duties pending the outcome of an administrative investigation, Curran said.

Others inside the department said the deputy was Chavez.

Chavez could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Riley, a 34-year-old event planner, said her cheek was swollen and bruised. At first she thought it was broken, but a CT scan found no fractures, she said.

Riley said she also had red marks on her back, where Chavez scratched her.

“Everyone was saying she was crazy,” Riley said. “I’m still in shock.”

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