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By Marilyn Gramse


March 3, 2011 (Blossom Valley) – On Monday, February 28, two equestrians were riding on the County designated trail on Quail Canyon. When they approached  a home in the 10,000 block of Quail Canyon, a pit bull dog and the owner came out to the equestrians. The pit bull began sniffing the horses, bit the rider, and attacked the horse--going for the throat. The horse, struggling for its life, began to circle, dumping the rider.


The rider hit her head on the drop down mailbox and fell to the ground. The horse began running down the center of Quail Canyon with the dog hot on her heels. A kind passerby took the rider and the dog owner in his truck to round up the animals. The horse was captured and immediately taken to an emergency animal clinic, where it had several stitches and a drain installed. County Animal control was immediately called. No response!

On Tuesday, Animal Control was called again; no response. Wednesday, Animal Control was called yet a third time; no response! About 3:00 p.m., when no response from Animal Contol still had not happened, a call was made to Supervisor Jacob's Office. Within an hour Animal Control showed up.

The owner of the dog will only receive a ticket to appear in court and get a fine of $150 to $300. Everyone in Blossom Valley will be at risk walking, riding, bicycling, or running passing the home at 10937 Quail Canyon as this yard is not fenced.

Once again the rights of people are superceded by the rights of animals, ie smelt in the in the San Joaquin Valley. BLOSSOM VALLEY BEWARE.

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Update on dog attack


The rider who was bitten has posted a notice in another forum advising that the dog did not belong to the homeowner, but to a relative who was visiting from Los Angeles.  According to the post, the dog was also injured and is in quarantine for 11 days, after which it will be returning to L.A. with its owner.


While there now appears to be no danger to local residents from this animal, the question of why County Animal Control took several days to respond to a complaint of a dog attack remains open.