UCPD is searching for a suspect believed to be the owner of two dogs that attacked a young girl near the University Village in Albany Thursday night.
Police said the 6-year-old girl was playing near a soccer field adjacent to the property with her younger brother shortly before 8 p.m. when she was approached and subsequently bitten by two dark brown pitbulls that were not on a leash.
Witnesses nearby then ran over and pulled the dogs off of the girl, who sustained multiple puncture wounds and was taken to Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland for treatment, according to UCPD Captain Stephen Roderick, who said he believes the girl is now in stable condition.
Police are now searching for the owner of the dogs, who they said left the scene of the attack while witnesses were attending to the girl. The suspect is described as a white male with a medium build, about 5 ft. 10 in. and long brown hair who gave the name “Jason” and a cellphone number before leaving the scene. Police are currently following leads to locate the suspect, Roderick said.
“We would certainly recommend that we seize and quarantine the dogs and look into criminal charges for the owner,” said Roderick.
Adelyn Baxter is the city news editor.
Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regard to the readers, writers and contributors of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Click here to read the full comment policy.