Help find dog owner after victim bitten at Asheville store

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UPDATE: Asheville Police say the dog and owner have been located.

ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – Police are looking for the owner of a dog that bit another person at a Lowe’s store in Asheville, Sunday afternoon.

According to Asheville Police, the dog bite happened at the Lowe’s on South Tunnel Road around 2:00pm.

The victim suffered minor injuries and police say if they can’t find the owner within 48 hours, the victim will have to undergo a rabies post-exposure shot regimen.

Police say the owner is a woman with short wavy red hair. Officers say the person was driving a Subaru Outback and had two dogs in the vehicle – one smaller, possibly a poodle, and another larger dog.

Anyone who knows the identity of the owner is asked to call the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110.

Police also shared steps you should take 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 to 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. Oftentimes 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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