Sheriff's department seeks help locating attack dogAuthorities need help to identify a dog that attacked a Maple couple along the Tri County Corridor on Saturday night.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Authorities need help to identify a dog that attacked a Maple couple along the Tri County Corridor on Saturday night.
The animal ripped open the man’s arm and left the woman with a broken thumb, lacerated fingers and puncture wounds on her thigh, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Department report.
The couple was walking their puppy about 300 yards east of the Wouri Road when they saw a dog on the trail in front of them. The animal went off into the woods, then charged out to attack the woman, biting her in the right hand.
The man attempted to get the dog off of her, and the animal attacked him. By kicking at the dog, he got the animal to back off. The dog went a short distance away, then turned and attacked the man, biting him in the arm. When he was finally able to throw the dog off, the animal ripped open his arm. Two layers of stitches were needed to close up the wound.
The dog appeared to be a pit bull-German shepherd mix, with shepherd coloring but smaller than a typical shepherd.
The woman who was attacked said it was one of the weirdest looking dogs she’d ever seen, according to the report. The dog was wearing a dark-colored collar with tags.
Sheriff’s department deputies have gone door-to-door in the area, but nobody has been able to identify the dog.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Schnell at 715-395-1371.
According to the report, the couple has already begun a series of rabies shots.
A Douglas County ordinance requires owners to keep dogs on their premises and under control and licensed. If they aren’t, owners face impoundment of the animal and fines of up to $200. Any dog found untagged or at large is subject to impoundment, according to the ordinance. The ordinance covers all towns in Douglas County unless they have separate ordinances, according to the Douglas County Clerk’s office.
Licensing of dogs is mandated by state statute. Fees vary depending on where owners apply for a license, according to the county clerk’s office. The base state fee is $8 per animal, or $3 for animals that are spayed or neutered. Additional fees can be added to that by municipalities.