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:
- Get as much information as reasonably possible about both the owner and the dog(s).
- Full name, phone number, address and physical description of the dog owner.
- Full description and rabies tag information (tag number and issuer) of the dog(s).
- 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.
- After any bite a dog will be placed on a 10-day quarantine. Oftentimes this quarantine occurs at home, with the owner.
- 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.