Woman searches for dog that bit her
June 25, 2008 · Updated 12:07 PM
"A woman who was attacked and bitten by a dog during Langley's Choochokam arts festival two weeks ago is desperately seeking the animal and its owners. Gwen Galeotti of Langley said she needs to find out by August 5 if the dog has had its rabies shots. If Galeotti doesn't get the information, she will have to go through a series of painful rabies shots herself.Currently on a nauseating regimen of antibiotics designed to fight off any bacteria the dog might have given her, Galeotti is still healing from the bite wound itself. The dog, which she said looked like an Australian shepherd mixed with another breed, bit her in the shin, breaking the skin and penetrating to the bone. She said she does not know what set off the attack. At the time it happened, she was walking among the Choochokam food carts on First Street. He didn't growl, he didn't bark, he just jumped right out and bit me, Galeotti said.Stunned by the suddenness of the attack, Galeotti had the presence of mind to ask the dog's owner to give her the address portion of one of her checks. Galeotti then walked away to find medical treatment. The medics who treated her insisted that the dog be found to determine whether or not Galeotti would need rabies shots. They did not find the dog or its owner when they returned to the scene of the attack.Since that day, Galeotti has tried to call the dog's owners, Dagne Rueda and Brandt Heineman of Eugene, Ore. So far, she has not been able to reach them. She said she fears that the pair are in the midst of a long vacation and may not return home until after August 5. That will be too late, so she is hoping the couple is still in the area and can be contacted. She asks that the owners call her at home so she can find out whether or not she needs the rabies shots.There is some good fortune mixed in with Galeotti's tale. She said emergency medical responders who treated her for the bite told her it was fortunate that it was her leg that was in the path of the bite, rather than a small child. A child would not have taken the bite on the bony part of its leg, but in the soft areas of its torso.I guess better me, Galeotti said.She said she hopes dog owners will refrain from bringing their pets to future Choochokams because of the threat they pose.Why do they bring dogs there? she said.The dog that bit Galeotti is medium to large sized, has medium-length, chocolate brown fur, and has reddish accents on its ears and belly. Anyone who recognizes this dog or who can help Galeotti get in contact with Reueda and Heineman, is asked to call her at 221-5052."