UPDATED: APD seeks assistance to locate dog owner

UPDATE (November 27, 2019)

The dog’s owner has been located. The dog is up-to-date on its rabies vaccination.

Press release from the Asheville Police Department:

The Asheville Police Department is seeking information on the identity of the owner of a dog who was at the Azalea Road Dog Park on Sunday, Nov. 24, at approximately 2:00 p.m. The victim, who sustained minor injuries, was bitten while attempting to separate two dogs. If the owner is not located within the next 26 hours, the victim will be required to receive the rabies post-exposure regimen of shots.

The owner is described as a white female with brown hair, possibly driving a blue car. The dog is described as an adult with short, black hair, possibly a hound type.

If anyone knows the identity of the owner they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110.

If you have been bitten by a dog:

  • Get as much information as reasonably possible about both the owner and the dog(s).
    • Full name, phone number, address and physical description of the dog owner.
    • Full description and rabies tag information (tag number and issuer) of the dog(s).
  • Report the bite to the local Animal Services Division. In Asheville, contact (828) 252-1110. An Animal Services Officer will respond. This may initially be done by phone.
  • After any bite a dog will be placed on a 10-day quarantine. Oftentimes this quarantine occurs at home, with the owner.
  • If an owner cannot be located within 72 hours after a bite, the victim should start the post-exposure rabies series, per Health Department protocol.
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