Officials look for dog that bit girl


Published: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 12:18 a.m.
Alachua County Animal Services and a Gainesville family are searching for a dog who bit the family's 9-year-old daughter Tuesday at the Thomas Center park.
The incident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. at the park on the corner of NE 6th Avenue and NE 2nd Street while Grace Hackenberg, 9, and her brother, Luke Hackenberg, 11, were rollerskating in the park, which is near their home, said their mother, Barbara Hackenberg.
A woman in her 30s with short, brown hair was walking her three dogs - a German Shepherd and a white poodle which were on leashes - and a third dog, a small, white dog with orange-brown spots which was not on a leash, Hackenberg said. The unleashed dog bit the girl on the forearm. After checking to see if the girl was OK, the dog's owner got into a white pickup truck and left with her three dogs, Hackenberg said.
The family is trying to find the dog to verify whether or not it is infected with rabies or has its vaccinations. If the dog isn't found by Thursday, the girl will have to get a series of painful rabies shots, Hackenberg said.
The dog's owner is urged to contact Alachua County Animal Services immediately to let them know if the dog is healthy or not. Hackenberg said the owner can remain anonymous and that the family is not seeking restitution or to take the dog.
If you have any information about the dog or its owner, please contact Alachua County Animal Services at (352) 955-2333.
Deborah Ball can be reached at (352) 374-5036 or balld@gvillesun.com. The dog's owner is urged to contact Alachua County Animal Services immediately to let them know if the dog is healthy or not.

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