Tahoe has third dog-bitting incident
Loose dogs struck again last weekend, and an 11-year-old South Lake Tahoe boy became the third dog bite victim this year.
Health officials appealed to the public Wednesday in hopes that the dog will be found.
El Dorado County Animal Control officials said Chris De Tarr was riding his bicycle near Lodi and Fountain Avenues in the Sierra Tract on Saturday when a dog resembling an Australian shepherd ran out and bit him on the ankle. Leslie De Tarr, Chris’ mother, said that although the bite wasn’t too serious it did draw blood.
The dog is described as medium-sized with a long gray coat.
The family has been looking at neighborhood dogs in hopes of locating it before this weekend. Chris is scheduled to go to Boy Scout camp, something he might miss to take the post-exposure rabies treatment.
According to El Dorado County public health officials, rabies is prevalent in the area and they always advise vaccines and immune globulin for anyone who has been bitten. The vaccines cost about $600 and the immune globulin about $350. If people don’t receive treatment and the animal is rabid they have a good chance of contracting the disease, which is almost always fatal.
This new bite isn’t the first this year in the Sierra Tract area. In March, a 7-year-old Tahoe Valley Elementary School student was bitten by a dog while snowmobiling with his father in a meadow behind the snow dump. No one came forward to identify the dog and the boy underwent treatment.
Robert Gerat, senior animal control officer at the South Lake Tahoe office, said his officers are patrolling the Sierra Tract neighborhood and talking to neighbors.
“Sierra Tract and the Al Tahoe neighborhoods are probably two of our most offending areas for loose dogs,” Gerat said. “Every once in a while we do a saturation patrol of the neighborhoods. It seems on those days we won’t find anything, but in a normal patrol you might find so many that you can’t get out.”
Anyone with information about the suspect dog is asked to call animal control at 577-1766.
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