A day at the dog park took a turn for the worst Tuesday. Omaha Police said a PIT BULL/BULLDOG MIX bit a woman, and the owner took off with the dog. Officers and the Humane society are now searching to find the pair before the victim has to get rabies shots.
According to a police report around noon on Tuesday a woman was bit by the dog at Hefflinger Park. Officers observed several deep bite marks on her arm. The dog and owner took off before police arrived. Officers told the victim to go to a hospital to check for bone and nerve damage.
The Nebraska Humane Society has sent animal control officers to the park multiple times each day this week. The officers hope to find the dog and owner, but they told WOWT so far they’ve had no luck. If you know anything you can call the Humane Society at 402-444-7800 ext. 1.
WOWT 6 talked with people at the park Thursday. One dog owner, Jeanne Cascio, told WOWT that the park is a great place to bring dogs of all kinds. “A lot of these dogs are from the humane society. They really are. They’re rescue dogs,” she said.
Cascio’s dog, Elsie, was abused for 3 years before being adopted. Elsie’s time spent in the park helped her adapt to a normal life, and socialize with other dogs. Cascio does admit, however, that she’s seen some bad things. “I’ve been here when there have been bites,” she said.
Cascio’s frustrated the owner took off after the incident. “They probably don't want their dog to be deemed a dangerous dog. That could be an insurance issue. Those people need to be responsible for what their dog did,” she added.
WOWT spoke to another dog owner who frequents the park. She said it’s important for owners visiting the park to be proactive and assess every dog’s behavior. “I’ve had to look at situations and put the leash on my dog, and leave. I’ve had to do that.”
Both owners told WOWT after an incident like this it’s important that anyone going to the Hefflinger Dog Park watches out for each other and holds each other accountable.