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Woman bitten by two dogs in two places Sunday

Susan Cunningham

A 23-year-old woman was bitten by two dogs at two residences while doing door-to-door sales Sunday.

Cathleen Breslin, of Washington, D.C., went to Yampa Valley Medical Center on Sunday night for treatment for two dog bites, said Steamboat Springs Police Cpt. Joel Rae. She reported the dog bites while at the hospital.

The first bite came at about noon, while Breslin was walking to a house in the 1000 block of Uncochief where a white and gray, medium-sized dog was tied up on the front lawn, Rae said. Breslin walked onto the property to go to the door, but before she got to the door, the dog bit her in the calf.

She then continued with her day, and at about 5:30 p.m. was approaching a house in the 1900 block of Riverside Drive, when a dog ran out of a yard and bit her on her right shin, Rae said.

After that bite, she went to the hospital and reported the injuries.

In the case of a dog bite, an animal is quarantined for 10 days at the animal shelter or at the owner’s home if its shots are current and the owners are responsible, Rae said. Both dogs involved in this incident now are quarantined.

It is unlikely that Breslin will be able to press charges against the dog owners, Rae said. Generally, when a person goes onto private property and is bitten by a dog, the person cannot press charges.

A dog bite victim can press charges if he or she was in a public area or public street. In that instance, owners are charged with having a vicious animal, Rae said.

The incident is a good reminder that not all dogs can be trusted, he said.

“(You) never know if a dog is going to be completely friendly,” Rae said.


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