Monday, June 21, 2010

Owners of dogs involved in biting incidents in El Dorado County sought

By Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

El Dorado County Animal Services is searching for the owners of dogs involved in two separate dog-bite incidents during the past week.
A man visiting a friend in Georgetown on Sunday evening was at Volcanoville and Cassill Mine roads when a loose dog ran out of the brush and attacked the man's dog, according to a county Health Services Department news release. The man was bitten as he tried to protect his dog.
The dog who bit the man was described as an adult, male pit bull with white coloring and tan spots, and weighing about 80 pounds. The dog was wearing a dark-colored fabric collar with no tags.
The dog ran off after the incident and no owner appeared nearby.
Animal Services officials also are looking for the owners of two dogs involved in an incident that occurred about 5 p.m. Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.
A man was bitten by one or both of the dogs as he was walking near the entrance of the Tahoe Conservancy, at the end of Venice Drive near the Tahoe Keys Marina.
The man encountered two dogs fighting and attempted to break up the fight.
One dog was described as a smaller shepherd mix with black, tan and white coloring. The other dog was described as a medium-sized chocolate lab mix.
The two dogs were on leashes with their owners, both of whom were women, but no contact information was exchanged.
Animal Services officers would like to speak dog owners in both incidents to verify that the animals are current in their rabies vaccinations so the victims don't have to undergo post-exposure rabies treatments.
Anyone with information about the Georgetown incident is asked to call Animal Services in Placerville at (530) 621-5795. Information about the South Lake Tahoe incident should be directed to Animal Services South Lake Tahoe office at (530) 573-7925.

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