Bite victim finds dog owners
June 25, 2008 · Updated 12:11 PM
"A Langley woman who was bitten by a dog during the Choochokam arts festival early this month will not have to go through a painful series of rabies shots. Gwen Galeotti spent most of July looking for the dog, which disappeared from Choochokam moments after it bit her. Even though she managed to get the phone number and address of the people who brought the animal to the festival, she was unable to contact them at their Eugene, Ore. home until this week. Galeotti's husband, Gary, said he and his wife tried calling Dagne Rueda and Brandt Heineman, the dog's caretakers, morning, noon, and night on a daily basis, but with no luck until early this week. But on Monday, they finally reached the couple, who had come home to water their plants. As it turns out, Rueda and Heineman have been housesitting and dogsitting for a friend in Seattle this summer and only return home occasionally. They were able to put the Galeottis in contact with the veterinarian who cares for the Australian shepherd mix that bit Gwen Galeotti at Choochokam. Gary Galeotti said the vet assured him and his wife that the dog was current on all its shots. That information gets Gwen Galeotti out of a series of rabies shots, something for which both she and her husband are grateful. If we hadn't made contact, we never would've found them, Gary Galeotti said. Rueda and Heineman also assured the Galeottis that the dog's owner is willing to pay for any medical expenses Gwen may have related to the dog bite. It turned out well, Gary Galeotti said. Medics who treated Galeotti at Choochokam said the bite might have been extremely serious had the dog's victim been a small child. In Galeotti's case, the dog's teeth punctured the skin on her shin and struck the shin bone. The wound has since healed."