LANCASTER – Animal control officers this weekend caught the stray dog they say bit a toddler in the face just before Christmas, according to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control.
The white Pit Bull/Labrador mix dog was caught Friday near the 1700 block of Lancaster Boulevard, said public information officer Evelina Villa.
Villa said county animal control officers have been patrolling a designated area of Lancaster for the elusive dog since Dec. 21, 2011. She says on that day, around 8:30 a.m., a 3 ½ year-old girl was standing in her front yard on the 44000 block of 18th Street West in Lancaster, when the dog ran onto the property and bit the little girl in her face. The dog was scared off by an adult family member and the child was rushed to a local hospital for treatment, Villa said.
Villa said officers transferred an off-road vehicle from another animal care center to the Lancaster Center recently to help track the dog, but the dog continued to elude officers.
“We have spotted the dog on a few occasions since the attack, but it eluded our officers by running into the desert,” said Marcia Mayeda, Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control. “Fortunately, we have been able to track the dog’s travel patterns over the past few weeks. A team of county animal control officers were able to catch the dog over the weekend while it was heading back towards the desert from a local Lancaster neighborhood.”
Villa said the dog has no microchip and is being held under observation at the Lancaster Animal Care Center.
She said, per policy, the dog will be put down after four working days, plus the date of impound. This means the dog will be put down by Thursday, Jan. 26, if the owner does not come forward.
“If you have any idea who might own the dog, give us a call,” says Villa.
Anyone with any information on the dog is asked to call Sgt. Chavez at the Lancaster Animal Care Center at 661-974-8343.