A Santa Fe resident who says she and her small dog were attacked by a larger dog on Canyon Road on Friday afternoon is seeking information about the dog’s owners so she can confirm that it has had rabies vaccinations, and she’s concerned that it might attack again in the residential neighborhood — and maybe even injure a child.
Ronni Ballowe said she had to flee from the scene so she could get her bleeding dog, Tashi, to a veterinarian, where the dog was treated for a bite that had ripped open his belly. The small gray terrier’s ribs were either broken or bruised, Ballowe said, and he has been in pain. Ballowe said her own injury was a minor bite, thanks to a pair of thick ski gloves.
Ballowe said she filed a report about the attack to the city Animal Services Division, but in her rush to the vet, she didn’t get any information about the owner of the dog, who had lost control of it, so there was little the officer could do to help ensure the dog doesn’t injure someone else.
“It’s going to be a child next,” Ballowe said Saturday, adding that she’s grateful she suffered only a minor injury. “This is a miracle,” she said. “It could have been my face and not my hands.”
Animal Services Officer Lisa Blake confirmed Saturday that Ballowe had reported the incident, but she declined to give further information on the incident and said a report was not yet available.
Ballowe said that as she walking along Canyon Road at about 2:45 p.m. Friday, she encountered two men and a blond woman holding a leashed dog, which she described as having markings similar to a PIT BULL. The woman went around a corner to keep the dogs separated, Ballowe said, and then moved back to let Ballowe and Tashi pass.
The woman said she was training her dog, but it escaped the woman's control and attacked, adding that the woman and two men struggled to regain control of it.
Ballowe said she’s offering a $500 reward to anyone who can help find the dog’s owners. “I don’t really want rabies shots,” she said.
Anyone with information about the incident or the dog’s owners can call the city Animal Services Division at 955-2701 or the city police department’s non-emergency line at 428-3710.