Oct 9, 2013 5:07 PM
The Chico Police Department’s Animal Control Unit is requesting the public’s help in locating the owner of a dog who bit an 85-year-old woman on the bike path near the East Lassen Avenue and Hwy 99 overpass yesterday morning.
At approximately 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, the woman was riding her bike on the path when she was reportedly approached by a man described as being in his forties with a leashed dog. The dog was described to Animal Control as a large German or Belgium Shepherd type, black and tan or sable in color, with long fur. According to Animal Control, the woman stated after she was stopped the man let the dog approach her to sniff the woman’s bike tires. It was then the dog bit the woman on the left arm tearing her windbreaker and breaking the skin. The owner then absconded the dog and the man and the woman parted ways.
Animal Control indicated the dog and its owner need to be located in order to provide a vaccination history since Butte County historically has one of the highest rates of rabies in the state. If the dog is not located, the woman will be advised to start the rabies post exposure prophylaxis series.
If the owner of the dog comes forward they will not be charged, but their dog may be subject to a 10-day animal quarantine if the dog’s vaccinations are not up to date.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the animal and owner is asked to contact the Chico Police Department Animal Control at (530) 897-4960.