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Rottweilers’ owner has different version

Gregory Crofton

A Rottweiler that clawed an 82-year-old Tahoe Keys man Friday is friendly and would not attack a person, its owner says.

Cindy Trigg owns two Rottweilers, Boo Boo and Brie, that were on leashes when they chased after a poodle being walked by George Radford.

Radford suffered a sprained ankle, bruised ribs and a claw scratch on his inner thigh during the incident. His white poodle, Coquile, was uninjured.

Radford said the dogs attacked him for more than a minute. El Dorado County Animal Control and Trigg disagree with Radford.

“If the dogs were mauling him, he would be bitten,” said animal control Lt. Robert Gerat. “The way I understood it is that he was protecting his dog from getting attacked. If the dog was truly attacking somebody, the dog is not going to attack by scratching, he’ll attack by biting. The breaks in the skin were not consistent with a dog bite but more of a scratch.”

The Rottweilers, a mother and son, age 5 and 2, have been quarantined on the Trigg property for 10 days. Gerat said the quarantine is routine when a dog breaks a person’s skin.

“The dogs are not vicious – I know a lot of Rottweilers are, but these are not,” said Ashley Luna, a friend of Trigg. “I have a poodle myself and they have never attacked my dog.”

Trigg said she wanted to tell her side of the story Sunday, but could not be reached because she was in Ohio visiting her newborn granddaughter.

She said she had control of her dogs as they walked past Radford and his poodle until she slipped on wet grass.

“My dogs ran to the poodle. I’m the one who knocked Radford down,” Trigg said. “If I had not slipped I don’t think anything would have happened. The dogs are not vicious. It was a horrible, unfortunate circumstance. By no means did they attack him.”

Trigg said Boo Boo and Brie are known in the community, in particular at Lake Tahoe Golf Course where they often sit at the driving range and watch her husband hit golf balls.

“I’m an extremely responsible dog owner,” she said. “I want the public to know we all have to be careful as dog owners. I will be doing something different and I hope he (Radford) will do something differently.”

Trigg said she will no longer walk both Rottweilers by herself.

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