Douglas County health officials are looking for dogs in three biting incidents since last Wednesday.
Oregon law requires that dogs that have bitten a person be confined and observed for 10 days to assess the risk of rabies.
• At approximately 4 p.m. Aug. 6, an overweight golden retriever bit a man in the leg at a swimming hole north of Steamboat Falls Campground. Several people witnessed what was described as an unprovoked attack.
• At 9:15 p.m. Aug. 8 near the Sutherlin Dog Park, a “boxer-like” dog with mostly white coloring and black patches jumped from a car and bit a boy on his leg. The boy was riding by on his bicycle. The car is described as a gray 4-door sedan, possibly a Ford Taurus, with a rear spoiler. The dog had short hair and a long tail.
• At about 8 p.m. Aug. 12, a shaggy, white dog with brown spots bit a young woman on the hand in the parking lot of the Roseburg Dog Park on Templin Avenue. The woman had reached down to pet the seemingly friendly dog.
“It’s a coincidental thing. There happens to be three of them right now where we can’t find the dog or the owner,” said Angie Scott, environmental health specialist with the Douglas County Environmental Health Program. “Hopefully we’ll get answers.”
The health program processes between 200 and 300 dog bite cases in Douglas County each year.
Dogs in Douglas County must be licensed and vaccinated for rabies. Cats, however, are not under the same restrictions.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the Douglas County Environmental Health Program at 541-440-3574 or Douglas County Animal Control at 541-440-4471.
• You can reach reporter Garrett Andrews at 541-957-4218 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.