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Dogs In Custody After Alleged Village Attack

The two dogs that allegedly attacked a 6-year-old girl in University Village last week were taken from their owner's Richmond home and put into the custody of Contra Costa Animal Care and Control, police said.

University of California, Berkeley, police say they have found the owner of two dogs that reportedly  in late last week.

UC Police Capt. Margo Bennett said police located the man, and his dogs, at his Richmond home on Friday. Shortly following the attack, the man was identified only as "Jason." He reportedly left the scene before police could question him.

The dogs were taken from the man's home, said Bennett, by Contra Costa County Animal Care and Control and were in custody with the agency as of Monday.

Bennett said no charges had been brought against the man, whose full name has not been released. 

The girl who was attacked was at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Bennett said UCPD could not release further details on the child’s condition.

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Robert Marshall August 28, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Why were no charges filed? Certainly there would be some type of charge for having the dogs off leash? Isn't the field posted as No Dogs Allowed?
Copper Hat August 28, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Even if only for PR purposes, it would seem reasonable for UCPD to elaborate a little more on the lack of charges?
dini fortuna August 28, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Interesting, recently I've seen the UC Village residents are having dogs as a pet not as service dogs anymore, I thought Cats and dogs are prohibited around the Village and people from outside the village are not supposed to bring their dogs to the Village.
Tatter Salad August 29, 2012 at 11:55 PM
My reading of the attack suggests it took place on Albany City property, not U.C. property; Albany Police would issue a citation for violating the posted 'no dogs off leash'; not the Campus PoPo.
Peggy McQuaid August 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Tatter, according to the first article, the attack occured at Fielding Field which is UC property.
Peggy McQuaid August 30, 2012 at 12:21 AM
OOPS, the ALLEGED attack, my mistake
Lora September 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Has anyone been around Berkeley lately? Tons of people with pit bulls, sometimes letting the dogs off the leash. I was near Berkeley Bowl and this guy was proudly strutting around, letting his enormous pit bull off the leash to run around everywhere. The guy looked as if he wanted to say,"See how awesome I am? See how well I have tamed this pit bull. Yes, I am such an alpha male." That dog was running all over the place, it was terrible because if a little child or someone with a small dog had been near the dog might have attacked. Not to mention that it was rude and intimidating to others to just let your giant pit bull run around in public. Many people in downtown Berkeley sit idle with their pit bulls for long periods of time in the same spot. A lot of these people are, sadly, young homeless people. I suppose they want a protective breed. Problem is that when a dog sits in the same spot for long enough, it begins to think of the place as it's territory. So when a little child or dog walks by, that dog might very well lunge and attack. Being a pit bull, the victim probably wouldn't make it alive. Very scary.
Lora September 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
A lot of "regular" people have pit bulls in Berkeley too. It seems to be a trend, adopt the stigmatized, abused dog fighting breed and show that love conquers all. How very Berkeley. Unfortunately, it is in their genes to maim and kill. I have seen very loved and well trained pit bulls attack small children and kill pets. I have seen pit bulls jump their fence and then get into someone else's yard and kill everything it can get it's jaws on. Ironically, the owners are always in a state of disbelief. They always say,"My Sugar-Pie NEVER bit anyone before! She is raised with cats and dogs too! She's great with my two year old son! I don't understand!" Berkeley Humane Society seems to adopt out an inordinately large amount of ABUSED Pit Bulls. Now, if there is anything more dangerous than a pit bull, it is a pit bull that was previously abused. I feel very badly for these dogs, but come on, let's use common sense. I see way too many people running around with these ticking time bomb dogs, smiling proudly as if they were lion tamers walking their pet lions.
best bookkeeper September 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
in the zombie apocalypse, i expect pit bulls to do well; their owners are not so likely to survive since planning, teamwork, and intelligence seem to be required. inability to control a dog (or put it on a leash) suggests inability to control oneself. i'm not preparing for the z'apoc, but fiction that eliminates idiots and rewards organizers continues to appeal. and the 1% would have to join the rest of humanity...maybe....
Danielle Widemann October 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
My friend swore up and down his pit bull wouldn't hurt anyone. The dog ended almost killing his 3- year old daughter. It took three people to get the pit bull to release her. It's unbelievable. Why haven't charges been made? Can "Jason" just go get more pit bulls or any dog?

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