Man, poodle attacked by dogs
A 9-pound poodle was a magnet for two rottweilers.
George Radford, 82, survived an attack from the leashed dogs Friday morning as he walked Coco, a white poodle, in a small park next to his Tahoe Keys vacation home.
Radford suffered a sprained ankle, sore ribs, bruises and a claw mark on his inner thigh. He spent most of Friday having his ankle treated at Barton Memorial Hospital. By Sunday he was up and around but clearly in pain.
“I had my little dog and they jumped on top of me and started working me over,” Radford said. “The gal was trying to hold them back but they were much too strong for her.”
The attack lasted for more than a minute, Radford said. It took place in a grassy park at Ala Wai Boulevard and White Sands Drive at 9:45 a.m.
Radford said he tried to protect his throat during the attack.
“I thought ‘My God, they’re going to kill me. That’s something you can’t believe.
“What good does it do to have two leashes and not be able to control your dogs?” he said. “I like dogs, I’ve always had one in my family. I hate to see these things happen, especially when they happen to me.”
Cindy Trigg, 49, a resident at the 500 block of Tahoe Keys Boulevard, owns the two dogs: a 5-year-old female, Brea, and a two-year-old male, Boo Boo. Trigg could not be reached for comment Sunday.
El Dorado County Animal Control ordered Trigg to confine the rottweilers to her property for 10 days. The 10-day quarantine is routine after a dog attack. Animal Control officers and the owner use the time to observe the dogs to see if they act strange, which could indicate a health problem such as rabies.
Animal Control as of Sunday had not issued Trigg a ticket. Since the attack, she has called twice to check on Radford’s health. In one conversation, she told Radford’s wife, Phyllis, that she was also injured during the incident.
Phyllis plans to report the incident to the board of the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association today.
“What I’m trying to do is make people aware that there is a problem,” she said. “I mean they could kill a little child. The dogs are kind of out of control here. There should be some more security about it.”
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