Sacto 9-1-1
October 24, 2011
El Dorado County officials seek to locate dogs, owners in two dog-bite cases

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

El Dorado County Animal Services officials are searching for dogs that bit people in two separate incidents, one in South Lake Tahoe and the other in Grizzly Flat.

On Oct. 16, a 17-year-old boy was bitten about 6:30 p.m. on the South Tahoe Middle School soccer field on Al Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. The teenager and his brother began playing soccer with the dog's owner and another man, and the dog suddenly bit the youth, according to an El Dorado County Public Health Department news release. The dog owner left the area and no information was exchanged.

The dog is described as a larger size dog, possibly a golden retriever-boxer mix. The dog's owner is described as white, in his late 20s with light-colored hair.

The other incident occurred Thursday afternoon. An 8-year-old boy was playing at a family member's home in Grizzly Flat, when he was attacked by a large, black, male Chesapeake Bay retriever mix that was running loose in the neighborhood, according to a news release. The boy was bitten on the head. Officials said he was taken to a medical facility for treatment and later released.

The dog ran off after the attack and Animal Services was contacted.

Animal Services officials would like to speak with the dogs' owners to verify that the animals are current on the rabies vaccinations so that bite victims don't have to undergo rabies treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Services at (530) 573-7925 regarding the South Lake Tahoe incident, or (530) 621-5795, regarding the Grizzly Flat case.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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