Dog that attacked woman to be euthanized

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The owner of a German shepherd that bit a 70-year-old woman while she was walking through a parking lot Oct. 2 has asked that the dog be euthanized.

Bill Bailey, who raised the 5-year-old dog, Solo, since he was a puppy, said he wrote a letter to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Control asking that the dog be killed after its required 10-day quarantine ended Sunday.

''I don't believe that I should try to put his life before a human,'' Bailey said.

Solo's fate was to be decided by the borough animal control commission Oct. 23.

According to witnesses, a rottweiler barking in the back of a truck parked in the parking lot could have prompted Solo and his companion, a 6-year-old rottweiler named Dolly, to squeeze through an open space in the fence that enclosed them and enter the parking lot of Value Village.

''I'm confident Solo was in pursuit of another dog,'' Bailey said.

Solo apparently knocked the woman down and bit her in the left arm, left shoulder blade area, right rear thigh and right buttock.

A bystander used her key chain and kicked Solo to get him off the woman, who was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. The dog bites were given the highest classification by animal control officers and were considered severe.

Bailey said he has not been able to apologize; animal control officers have not released the victim's name.

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