Children attacked by dogs in Davis

DAVIS - Investigators are asking for your help finding two dogs and their owners after two attacks on children.

In both cases the victims were seven-year-olds. The latest attack was at Sandy Motley Park this week, and the mother of that victim tells us time is running out for her family to make a decision about her daughter's care.

Melissa Elliott has a message for the man whose dog bit her seven-year-old daughter in the leg.

"I would just say, please show me that your dog is vaccinated. That's it. That's all. I don't want anything more," Elliott said.

It was Monday night when Elliott says the all-white dog broke free from its owner and took a bite out of the little girl. The dog is described as about 16 to 24 inches tall, weighing between 30 and 40 pounds and wearing a red collar.

"I started screaming at him, 'your dog's attacking my daughter,' and he really wasn't very helpful at all," Elliott said.

She tried to get information from the man, but before she knew it, he took off. The incident follows another case just days earlier near the North Davis Greenbelt between Catalina and Corona. A woman told investigators a male, black Labrador retriever was running loose in the area when it bit her seven-year-old grandson.

"I think it's terrible to hear that another kid had to go through this. It's very scary," Elliott said.

The Yolo County Sheriff's Office reminds everyone not to let their dogs run loose and to vaccinate pets for rabies. They're asking for the public's help finding these two dogs to possibly prevent the victims from potentially difficult rabies treatments.

"The County Department of Health told me, I think we have about ten days between the bite, which was Monday, until the start of the first treatment, so that's why I was really hoping yesterday or today to get a hold of this dog and its owner," Elliott said.

Elliott tells us her daughter has already had to go to the doctor twice this week. She says they have the option to forgo the series of four to five rabies shots because the doctor tells her rabies is rare, but she says she can't help worry about the decision.


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