Police search for owner after dog bite in Asheville


ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – Police are looking for the owner of a dog who bit someone at a business on Airport Road in Asheville, Saturday.

The victim was bitten at the Octopus Garden around 11:53am and was treated for minor injuries, according to police.

Police say if the owner is not found in the next 24 hours, the victim will be required to receive the rabies post-exposure regimen of shots.

If anyone knows the identity of the owner, they are asked to call the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110.

Police also shared these tips if you are ever bitten by a dog:

  1. Get as much information as reasonably possible about both the owner and the dog(s).
    1. Full name, phone number, address and physical description of the dog owner.
    2. Full description and rabies tag information (tag number and issuer) of the dog(s). 
  2. Report the bite the local Animal Services Division. In Asheville, contact (828) 252-1110. An Animal Services Officer will respond. This may initially be done by phone.
  3. After any bite a dog will be placed on a 10-day quarantine. Often times this quarantine occurs at home, with the owner.
  4. If an owner cannot be located within 72 hours after a bite the victim should start the post-exposure rabies series, per Health Department protocol.

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