Officials search for pit bull |

Officials search for pit bull

A dog loose outside Hoss Hoggs, a bar and restaurant at 2543 U.S. Highway 50, bit a woman’s nose and face Saturday night.

El Dorado Animal Control now wants to find the dog to determine if it has been vaccinated against rabies.

“We had a victim get bitten and we have no owner and no rabies information,” said Animal Control Officer Bryan Uruh. “If we don’t find this animal the woman will have to to through immediate rabies treatment, which very painful and very expensive.”

The pit bull-type dog attacked Lynette Defalco, 51, of South Lake Tahoe after she knelt down to pet it. The dog bit her nose and left a half-dollar-size bite mark on the right side of her face, police said.

Defalco, who was released Monday from Barton Memorial Hospital, told police she had not seen the dog before Saturday night.

El Dorado County Animal Control is trying to locate the dog, which is medium-size and has a black coat with white spots.

“We’ve been patrolling the area with no luck,” said Robert Gerat, senior animal control officer. “The dog probably belonged to someone in the bar at the time.”

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call animal control at (530) 577-1766.

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