Update January 9, 2018: The dogs have been found and taken into custody by County Animal Control. No further details have been released pending investigation.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
January 8, 2018 (San Diego) – A man in his 70s was attacked by two pit bulls last night around 6 p.m. in the 6200 block of El Cajon Boulevard near San Diego State University.
The man suffered non-life threatening bites to his arms and legs and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Patrons of a barber shop assisted the victim. The bites were deep enough to expose bone, 10 News reports.
Witnesses told County Animal Services that the dogs, one black and one tan, appeared to be pit bulls. Animal Services is seeking the animals, which if found will be quarantined for 11 days. A dog can be declared dangerous and put down if it bites two people within four years.
If you have information on the location or owners of these animals, please call Animal Services at 619-767-2675.
County Animal Services offers the following advice for what to do if you’re bitten by a dog, how to prevent your dog from biting someone, and tips to avoid being bitten:
If You Have Been Bitten:
- Report the Incident
- Contact us with Animal and Owner Information
- Give Detailed Description of Animal(s) or Send Photos
- Provide Owner Information – Name, Address, Phone
- Provide Witness Information
- If Owner Unknown – Vehicle Description, License Number
- Provide Description of Individual(s) Responsible for the Animal
- Provide Exact Location and Time of Incident
- Give Brief Description of the Incident
- Contact your Physician
If you see an animal bite or attack someone, or seriously harass people, please contact us:
24/7 Emergency Line
How To Prevent Your Dog from Biting
- Make sure your dog is kept in a securely fenced, locked enclosure.
- Do not keep your dog on a chain.
- Control your dog with a hand-held leash whenever it is away from home.
- Spay or neuter your dog. This will reduce your dog’s desire to roam. Unaltered dogs are up to three times more likely to bite than dogs that have been spayed or neutered.
- Properly train and socialize your dog.
- Don’t play aggressive games like wrestling, tug-of-war, or play-bite with your dog.
- Be cautious when your dog is in a new situation.
- Never leave your dog unattended with a small child.
- Ensure your dog is vaccinated against rabies and is properly licensed.
Safety Tips To Avoid Being Bitten
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Never run from a dog and scream.
- Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
- Never touch a dog that is behind a fence or in a vehicle.
- If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still.
- Never permit a child to play with a dog without adult supervision.
- Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
If you've been bitten, we may need to see your medical records as part of our investigation. To allow us that access, please fill in this form: Authorization To Release Medical Records