DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb County police said they are searching for a dog that attacked a teenager and are concerned the dog may have rabies and could harm others.
Even though animal services have not been able to test the dog, 17-year-old Cameron Hubbard who was attacked, is having to undergo painful and expensive rabies treatment as a precaution after police said the dog owner took off with his dog after the attack.
"They are very painful shots because I have two wounds and they went in both of the wounds," said Cameron Hubbard. "I have to go back every three or four days to get more shots."
Cameron was with her father, William Hubbard, on Memorial Drive Saturday afternoon when the attack occurred. Hubbard tried to stop the large brown female Bull-Mastiff, but said the dog still managed to bite his daughter.
"I grabbed her to protect her and ran off and he snapped her on the rear end," said Cameron's father, William Hubbard.
Cameron's father was able to point out the dog to animal control officers who he said was tied up after the attack at Aden's Thrift Store.
"He came out aggressively at me and the officer," said Hubbard.
According to the police report the responding officer walked inside the thrift store to see who owns the dog. The report goes on to say that the employee at the cash register was getting "irate." DeKalb County Animal Services said when the situation "deteriorated rapidly" the animal control officer requested police backup. Authorities said in that short window of time, the dog owner, grabbed his dog and took off.
DeKalb County Police said the owner is named "Willy" who is in his mid-20s to early 30s and known in the neighborhood. Authorities are pleading with the owner or anyone with information to come forward, so they can test the dog and prevent Cameron from undergoing further, possibly unnecessary treatment.
"We really want to get the message out to the dog's owner that we have no intention of harming the dog at all, it's just to have her quarantined and tested for 10 days and then he will get his dog back," said Shiera Campbell, with DeKalb County Police.
Cameron and her father are grateful the attack was not worse but have this message for the owner.
"I would just really love if the person would come forward because if they did I would know if the dog had rabies or not and I really wouldn't have to be going through all of this," said Cameron.
The family said the medical bills are mounting because the rabies treatment is not covered under their insurance. Investigators are pleading with the dog’s owner or anyone who may have information to call the DeKalb County Police Department.