Biting dog found – turns out to be deaf
The elusive dog that bit him is caged, and Stanley Kessner is both relieved and sad.
Kasha, a female pit bull mix – and also deaf – was quarantined Wednesday after Grass Valley Animal Control found the animal in a Northstar Place apartment with help from an anonymous caller.
Kessner, who was bit by the unleashed dog Saturday and feared the possibility of rabies shots, confirmed its identity at the Animal Control station.
“Poor dog. I’m looking at him, he’s looking at me. He just got all out of whack with all the people,” he said, referring to the attack that left bite wounds on his arm and groin.
Although the dog’s tag showed she’d had rabies vaccinations, she will remain quarantined until Monday – the standard 10-day mark to determine if a dog has rabies symptoms.
Kessner, 66, and Animal Control had been looking for Kasha, who disappeared with two teen-age boys after biting him as he returned to his Northstar Place apartment.
It turns out the white dog was his next-door neighbor. Her owner was in jail, and the woman caring for Kasha was in the hospital, leaving the responsibility to the teens, according to Kessner.
Animal Control Officer Roger Waina called Kasha “a very friendly, beautiful dog. It must have gotten startled or something. I don’t know. … She can’t hear a dang thing.”
The dog had been misidentified as a bull terrier, the same breed in the movie “Patton,” but she’s a pit bull mix.
Waina said Kasha’s owner, if he comes forward, will have to pay a $6-a-day charge for the quarantine and a $10 redemption fee. He said no criminal charges against the owner are warranted because the dog is a first-time offender.
Meanwhile, Kessner said he doesn’t plan to sue: “Just a message to the world: Keep your dog on a leash, or something.”
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