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UC Police Seek Man, Dogs After Attack on Albany Girl

Police are looking for a man who identified himself as "Jason" after two dogs in his care attacked a 6-year-old girl in University Village on Thursday night. Scroll down for a complete description.

Click the "Keep me posted" button below this story for updates. This article originally was published Aug. 24 at 3:29 p.m.

Two dogs that appeared to be pit bull mixes attacked a 6-year-old girl in on Thursday night, sending her to the hospital. 

The University of California Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding the man who was with the dogs, said Capt. Stephen Roderick. 

The man gave his name, to other community members after the attack, as "Jason." He was described as white and in his 40s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with long brown hair. He was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. Both dogs were described as medium-sized dark-colored pit bull mixes, said Roderick.

The captain said the girl had been with her younger brother in the when she left with him to use the restroom at nearby Fielding Field. (Both children are Village residents.)

"She walked with brother to the soccer field. The two dogs ran toward her and started pulling her," said Roderick. "A subject was walking these two dogs off-leash. The dogs just ran over and, for some reason, went after the little girl." 

A group of people playing soccer nearby heard the girl scream, ran over and pulled the dogs off of her, said the captain. She received bites to her head and legs. 

"She was not in serious condition, but definitely needed medical attention," said Roderick. 

paramedics took the girl by ambulance to Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland. Roderick said he believed she was treated and released. 

Roderick said witnesses initially detained "Jason," but that he eventually left the area. 

He said police are working to identify the man and get the dogs in for examination and testing for diseases. 

Members of the public can call 510-642-6760 and advise the dispatcher that they have information regarding the possible identity of "Jason." 

Police continue to follow up leads and are trying to track the man down through other means, said Roderick.

"We are still working it as we speak," he said. "We're following up some other leads. It's probably someone who lives near the area of University Village."

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If there's something in this article you think , or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email her at albany@patch.com.

Che Joubert August 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I'm not sure the policy of putting parents in jail when his/her child commits a crime is actually enforced, though I do know that during a right wing backlash period in history best forgotten, this kind of thing was advocated. The idea of jail for a parent otherwise innocent of crimes of his/her own is absurd, ignores the true causes of crime, and causes worse juvenile crime. The case of a misbehaving dog is far different. First - leashes should be and are mandatory in most towns and public places. Breaking this rule is the number one cause of dog attacks and unpleasant run-ins with dogs. The fine should be much larger than it is, with the usual application of leniency where deserved, such as a leash breaking, or otherwise innocent error. In the end, it must be admitted that American culture is selfish and unreasonably competitive, does not provide free higher education, free medical care, free old age care, or indeed any kind of care, and thus solutions offered by the public to almost any problems, even this kind of dog issue, tend to be no more than panicky projections of the unsympathetic way society treats them.
Che Joubert August 26, 2012 at 04:18 PM
If you would let go of the unreasonable and unsubstantiated wanton attack on the one breed - 'pit-bull' it would help this discussion. I'm old enough to remember when it was Dobermans, and before that German Shepherds who got the bad rap. All the exact same things were uttered regarding those breeds that now go along with 'pit-bull.' Communities wanted them banned. 'Studies' were done that 'proved' the issue. People who owned them were analyzed for character disorders and so on. Most 'pit-bulls' are just mixed breed dogs. Also, many dogs bite and hurt people, not just extra large ones. Dog behavior is entirely up to humans, so if you see dogs misbehaving you will always find unbalanced, troubled humans behind it.
Paul D August 26, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Che... My god, what a load of bull. Do you really believe even half of these ridiculous excuses for a biting dog? At minimum, the dogs ought to be found and euthanized. Immediately. Then tested for rabies. At the owners expense. The owner should be brought up on assault charges/deadly weapon, convicted and shoved into the slammer to have time to repent. While he's in there I'm sure he'd appreciate your world-views Che. Probably make him feel better about life when the cell door slams shut. In the end, its not about American culture. When the dog has his mouth clamped around a toddlers arm, its about saving the kid from a vicious beast. Stay out of the way if you can't see that truth.
Che Joubert August 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Paul - I honestly don't blame you for taking the most extreme stance on this situation. Obviously it's very easy to get irate when you think of a dog attacking a little girl. That's my point - it's so easy to get there when things get so bad a guy is walking around with out of control dogs and little children are the victims. Most of America will be with you on this. I'd like to see you get half this excited when the hard work of preventing problems comes around. I bet you won't notice. You'll be too busy running writing more inflammatory blog entries, from, let me guess, your bed?
MYC August 27, 2012 at 05:28 AM
In other news.. Paul Ryan has empty dead eyes. anyone else notice this? he looks like an evil emotionless character next to Romney on those new pins.
lindy August 27, 2012 at 04:14 PM
pit bulls are usually not an identifiable "breed".mostly.they are mixes, and often other mixes look like pit bulls. there is a lot of stereotyping going on. If you can't identify a breed, how can you ban a breed? (e.g. no papers)
lindy August 27, 2012 at 04:15 PM
good idea..can you call the UC police and suggest this?
Rosemary Loubal August 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Yesterday I spent time with the owner of a longterm very successful dog kennel where dogs come for day care and overnight care. She and staff have to be careful not to let violent or unpredictable dogs into her kennels. I asked about pitbulls. She said that 20 years ago, when she had fewer dogs, she would take a pitbull on trial, but only if the owner said there were no incidents of aggression. She soon had to refuse to take any pitbulls or pitbull mixes. Final case was a supposed gentle pitbull female who lasted till 3pm, then viciously attacked an elderly long term dog who basically just slept away the day till its owner returned. She watched in horror the attack and stopped it by throwing a heavy tarp of the attacker and wrestling it down. She said pitbulls have a nervous and unpredictable disposition with hair trigger responses, so it is not possible to anticipate any attacks. In addition the typical pitbull owner enjojys the excitment of having a dog who frightens other people. The reason so many pitbulls end in shelters is probably owners find these dogs may be glamerous, but really are too difficult to control. Another issue is pitbull owners who ride their bikes on the Bayshore trail to Richmond and have their pitbulls run alonside them, without leashes. Obviously they are not under control. The dogs may run close to their bike riding owners, but they also snap at other passing leashed dogs and cyclists.
lubov mazur August 27, 2012 at 05:17 PM
By "this idiot guy" do you mean "Jason" from the incident? IS this a lead about the location of the offending dogs and the owner?
lubov mazur August 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Any dog that bites, whether alone or in "pack behavior", has broken it's covenant with humans and should be euthanized. Although I have kept dogs and enjoyed their company I never deluded myself into thinking they were anything other than dogs. The last time I witnessed a dog bite incident was recently when a dog ran to a woman sweeping her walk and bit her through her jeans from the back, breaking the skin. The owners response was, "What did you do to my dog?" He left, she had to undergo treatment for rabies because the dog and owner could not be found.
Robert Marshall August 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
This is insane!! My Sheltie bit a friend who was trying to remove a fish hook he got in his mouth when he was a puppy. Following your logic Jake should have got the needle at six months age.
doris August 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
what a ridiculous and outrageous statement.....bitbulls and their owners are reprehensible? I guess that makes a gun owner reprehensible also, or a car owner, both can cause horrible damage. Easy to simplify everything, much harder to look at the facts.
doris August 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
This really is not an anti or pro dog issue. I love all dogs, especially pit bulls. I see the most gentle wonderful pits every day. What I don't love are irresponsible and sometimes cruel and criminal owners of these dogs. However, that being said, any dog who hurts a human, another dog, who is a danger to others must be euthanized. I don't think there's any leeway there. No room for error. A tragedy for the dog, but one that must be borne to avoid greater tragedy. The owner should then bear the fullest weight of the law, though I'm not sure it's very heavy as is.
Kirsten Schwartz August 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
American Pit Bull Terriers are a breed.
Robert Marshall August 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM
So again I ask Doris the same question I asked Lubov. Jake bit a friend who was trying to remove a fish hook from his little puppy mouth. So he should have got the needle at six months old? I mean, there's no leeway right? Ridiculous.
doris August 27, 2012 at 07:00 PM
no, Robert, you're insane if you can't read what we're saying. Any dog who is a danger to others, dogs or humans, must be put down, no exceptions. There are, of course, for those of us who can discern a difference, those exceptions as you mention above. That dog is no danger to anyone, he simply reacts to pain, he's not aggressive. My little pug bites her sisters also when she gets annoyed, but I haven't put her down yet as she would never bite a human or another strange dog, and her bites do no harm in the first place. Those dogs that can harm others must always be under complete control of their humans. Always. If they still hurt anyone, there is no leeway.
Robert Marshall August 27, 2012 at 07:12 PM
So based on your most recent statement there IS leeway based on an examination of the situation. That logic should be applied to all dogs and situations regardless of the breed. A perfect example to hold up to everyone wanting to ban Pitbulls and thinking they are a menace to society are Daddy and Junior, who belong to Cesar Milan. (Poor Daddy just passed away recently). They are some of the best behaved dogs around, and yet they are Pit Bulls. Milan also takes extremely aggressive dogs and rehabs them to all them back into society. Based on many posts here they would never had had a second chance in life, when most of the root causes were bad owners, and their decisions in the way they take care of them. Are there dogs that are unsalvageable in this World? Probably. Are there owners that cause many of these problems? Absolutely. Are they a MAJORITY of any particular breed? Doubtful. They're just the ones that get the publicity.
Trish August 27, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Would not this problem be resolved by enforcing leash laws?
doris August 27, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Of course, there should always be an examination of the situation. Where do you find me advocating killing the offending dog on sight? Where do you find me advocating breed specific rules? Nowhere. I simply said that any dog proven to be a danger to society must be killed..no exception, except perhaps if Cesar himself were to take that dog and promise to keep it isolated from the rest of us. I advocate the safety of humans and dogs over the safety of the animal which has shown dangerous aggression. The safety of the former must always take precedence over the safety of the latter. Period
paul1 August 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
You're leaving out civil suits, which very often result in dog bite cases. These cases tend to heavily favor the victim. It can cost the owner big time. So even if the penal code doesn't appear to do justice to the negligence, civil code takes up the slack.
JJMarieKK August 27, 2012 at 08:39 PM
That poor little girl, how upsetting to be attacked like that. I hope she is okay. I don't have dogs but I always appreciate a well-trained dog and a responsible owner. I especially admire and wonder at the skills of working dogs. I am sorry there are bad dog-owners out there who give the good ones bad reputations.
Copper Hat August 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The problem is that you can't tell. I walked down to Memorial park with my kids two weeks ago and a large on-leash dog aggressively lunged at me toppling the owner who was engrossed in a phone conversation. Luckily I was quick enough to avoid any contact with myself or my kids. Yesterday I hiked the Seaview trail in Tilden and a large off-leash dog ran towards me and stopped a foot away snarling and baring teeth. The presumed owners (who were on bikes) screamed at the dog to stop. There was no contact, but I assure you my heart rate went up. I understand that I need to deal with bears in the Sierra's, but why do I need to worry about dogs while taking a walk in Tilden? None of these incidents resulted in any injury, and no way compares to the trauma that the poor girl suffered, but I am sure that both of these owners would think of themselves as 'good ones'. I have many more incidents like the above, and many actual bites, including a pit-bull attack (not a staffordshire, not that it matters) that resulted in both physical and property damage. I am no rabid dog-hater. I love dogs. I have owned a dog. I am comfortable with animals large and small (having worked on a farm). But large off-leash animals in an urban area that are capable of quickly causing enormous destruction requires an unearned trust in the owner that I am not willing to give. Particularly for breeds and variants that are generally known to be aggressive.
Marie August 28, 2012 at 03:55 AM
If the Fire Department/paramedics were called, why did they not contact the UC Police regarding this incident? Or why did the eyewitnesses not contact police at the time? Good luck finding this guy, but chances seem pretty small.
Margaret Tong August 28, 2012 at 04:15 AM
the dogs brought to the Solano stroll have always concerned me. It's such a crush and the dogs I've seen have always looked nervous/scared as they are walked on a short lead. People stop abruptly to watch a band, to buy something, queue at a food stall and a nervous dog could do something unpredictable, even if on a lead
Emilie Raguso August 28, 2012 at 04:56 AM
In case you missed it, here's our update on this story: http://albany.patch.com/articles/dogs-in-custody-after-alleged-village-attack
lubov mazur August 28, 2012 at 06:52 AM
In the interest of full disclosure, my mother was bitten by a rabid dog, her own, when she was a child. She received the Pasteur treatment of over 40 injections of rabbit serum with not many sites to inject because she had just come through her second summer of malaria This was in the early 1920's in the Soviet Union. She's 96 this year and still does the laundry and some cooking for herself and my dad, almost 90. So I grew up with a realistic attitude toward dogs. We had them, we played with them, but we knew they were dogs and would react as such if threatened.
Laila Kearney (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM
In case you didn't see the story, the alleged attack dogs are in custody: http://patch.com/A-xsr8
Casey Churchill August 29, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I attempted to read through the mostly ignorant comments here, but sadly I was too disgusted to actually finish. Breed bans? Euthanasia for all "pit bulls"? What a nasty and hateful group of people. Perhaps if any of you reactionary folks actually took the time to research and investigate the topic, you'd sound less like backwards hicks (I mean, Albany is small and strange... but not that bad.). Here are some links for your educational awareness: For newbies http://www.badrap.org/ For info on BSL http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/facts/statement_breed_specific_legislation.html the Vick dogs blog, where they show off their cute adventures http://vickdogsblog.blogspot.com/ you'd have those dogs put to death? What's wrong with you people? Have you no empathy?
best bookkeeper September 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
i stopped going to the Bulb after being menaced by an off-leash pitbull. too bad this beach and park are not safe places for unarmed humans.
DTzoo September 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I totally agree. There is no reason for a breed selectively bred for aggressive behavior to be part of our community. It's almost always a pit bull in these stories. Time to ban them.

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