Press release from Asheville Police Department:
The Asheville Police Department is seeking information on the identity of the owner of a dog who was at the Valvoline Instant Oil Change (663 Merrimon Avenue) at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. One of the owner’s dogs bit a victim, causing minor injuries. If the owner is not located within the next 53 hours the victim will be required to receive the rabies post-exposure regimen of shots.
The owner is described as a white male in his early 30s. He had two dogs, one described as medium-sized, black and white in color, with long hair. Possibly a sheepdog mix. The second dog appeared to be a pit bull mix.
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).
a. Full name, phone number, address and physical description of the dog owner.
b. 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.