Man urges pet owners to be cautious around rivers after Oliver the dog was swept away

Jun 6, 2023, 12:58 PM | Updated: 1:27 pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- The excessive heat is posing a danger to more than just people.  Pets are also p...

A pet owner is urging people to be cautious when taking their pets by rivers after his dog Oliver, was swept away in Tanner Park. (Travis Mundt)

(Travis Mundt)

SALT LAKE CITY — It has been a month since Travis Mundt took his chocolate lab, Oliver, for a walk at a popular dog trail in Tanner Park. Sadly, Oliver was lost when swift runoff waters swept him away. 

Mundt spoke with Dave and Dujanovic Tuesday morning and said that day, May 5, was just like any other when he took Oliver out to get some exercise. 

“We walked down Tanner Park, to the end of it where they have a little opening that you can get in the river. I just wasn’t even thinking about it. I kind of heard that the runoff is strong this year, but didn’t really give it a second thought.”

Mundt said Oliver was only about 10 seconds ahead of him. “He loves water and engages. He turned the corner and he jumped right in. And I actually didn’t even see him for like I said about 10 seconds when somebody waved me over and he was gone.”

Mundt said the current was strong, carried Oliver away, and wished he would have taken the river conditions more seriously. 

This can happen to anyone

Dujanovic assured Mundt that this could happen to anyone.

“So it’s not just you,” said Dujanovic. “It’s just unfortunate… he’s [Oliver] the story here because …your story’s probably going to help a lot of other dog owners understand how quickly things can happen.”

Mundt urged pet owners to be careful around rivers.

“Knowing what I know now, and going through that I would definitely put my dog on a leash near the end of the park.”

Mundt said he is still holding out hope that Oliver can be found.

“But I do want people to keep an eye out if they see anything. My number’s on over on all kinds of posters around town. You can call Animal Services, you can call the fire department is aware of my situation. You can call police just call somebody if you see Oliver.”

(Photo credit: Travis Mundt)

Related reading:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Dave & Dujanovic

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Scot Peterson shown, a school arming school staff is aw...

Curt Gresseth

Utah lawmaker discusses arming school workers

Arming school workers will lead to safer schools, says a Utah lawmaker whose bill awaits the governor's pen to become law.

2 days ago

FILE: A "For sale" sign in front of a home in North Salt Lake on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023....

Curt Gresseth

Utah home prices not likely to fall soon, says real-estate expert

Utah home prices are back up and so are interest rates -- and they will stay high says a Utah real-estate expert.

4 days ago

pay gap...

Curt Gresseth

Why is the gender pay gap not closing?

The gender pay gap in the U.S. and Utah is not closing. A Utah financial planner details the impact that wage shortfall can have on a women workers over a career.

9 days ago

a hockey stick shown, utah may get a nhl stadium...

Adam Small

Utah lawmaker asks for $1 billion for an NHL stadium in Salt Lake City

To fund an NHL stadium in Utah, Salt Lake City's sales tax rate would go from 7.75% to 8.25% if the bill is approved.

10 days ago

crime Ballpark...

Curt Gresseth

Cop talks knocking down violent crime in Ballpark Neighborhood

Violent crime in the Ballpark Neighborhood of Salt Lake City is down. A deputy chief details how the SLCPD achieved the results.

11 days ago

UTA Frontrunner commuter rail. UTA Plans to address delays by updating cars and adding a new line t...

Curt Gresseth

UTA boss talks about train delays, says improvements coming

Despite frustrating delays, UTA has a 90 percent "on-time" record, says the executive officer.

12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Man urges pet owners to be cautious around rivers after Oliver the dog was swept away