El Dorado County Animal Services has turned to the public for help with locating a dog thought to have sent a young boy to the hospital late last week.
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On Thursday, Oct. 20, an 8-year-old boy was attacked by a roaming dog while playing at a family member’s home in Grizzly Flat, according to an Animal Services press release.
The dog, described as a large, black, male Chesapeake Bay retriever mix, was reportedly running loose in the neighborhood and attacked the boy.
The child was “severely” bitten on the head and was rushed to a local medical facility for treatment. He was later released.
The dog, though, ran off after the attack.
In the days following the attack, the department has been looking for the dog by canvassing the area, knocking on doors, speaking to neighbors and following up on leads. But the dog remains on the loose.
“It’s important that we find the dog to verify that it is current on its rabies vaccinations so that the boy doesn’t have to go through rabies treatments,” said Henry Brzezinski, Animal Services chief.
Individuals with information on the whereabouts of the dog are asked to contact Animal Services at 530-621-5795. Tipsters can choose to remain anonymous, the release states.
E-mail Jim Ratajczak at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-344-5069.