Dog bite victim reminds others to leash dogs

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - An Anchorage woman said that an unleashed dog attacked her in August and the owner simply took the dog and left the scene.

Jamie Lang, a state employee, was walking with a coworker on a break near 48th Ave. and Business Park when they saw a dog come running out of the nearby Business Park Wetlands.

She said the dog latched onto her thigh. It left a nasty bite mark and bruise.

“It was long enough to shake me and I have these cute little teeth marks from every tooth in his mouth,” she said.

According to court documents, the owner of the dog that attacked Lang was also involved in another dog bite incident in July.

The document says that while two of the man’s dogs were off-leash attacking one another, the owner went over to try to separate them and a passerby attempted to help.

One of the dogs bit the owner as well as the passerby in the arm. The passerby was admitted to the hospital and Anchorage Police Department arrived on the scene, but the owner refused to make a statement.

"He knew that the dog was aggressive so he shouldn't have had the dog off the leash, so then I got more frustrated," Lang said after she heard about the previous occurrence.

According to APD, the owner was later arrested on two counts of Assault II and two counts of Reckless Endangerment.

According to John Novak with the District Attorney’s Officer, Assault in the second degree is a Class B felony offense with a maximum term of ten years in prison. Reckless endangerment is a Class A misdemeanor offense with a maximum sentence of one year.

According to the municipality code, it is unlawful for any animal to be in a public place unless controlled by a leash with a few exceptions.

There are designated areas in Anchorage that allow for dogs to be off-leash. A violation could result in fines.

And in some cases, an off-leash dog could result in a nasty bite.

According to Anchorage Animal Care and Control, 369 dog bites to people were reported from January to August of this year, though the bites were not necessarily by dogs off-leash.

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