Illegal camping on the American River Parkway has brought garbage, fires and other problems. Add to the list: dog attacks. Brad Branan The Sacramento Bee
Illegal camping on the American River Parkway has brought garbage, fires and other problems. Add to the list: dog attacks. Brad Branan The Sacramento Bee

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Another dog bites cyclist on Sacramento section of American River Parkway

By Bill Lindelof

blindelof@sacbee.com

May 08, 2017 11:19 AM

UPDATED May 09, 2017 07:53 AM

Another dog bite occurred Sunday along the American River Parkway, where some cyclists are concerned about owners not watching their animals closely enough.

A bicyclist and the dog owner were chatting near mile 3.5 on the parkway west of Cal Expo about 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the bite occurred, according Sacramento County spokeswoman Kim Nava.

The man was bit on the face and the leg by the leashed dog. The dog was taken to the Sacramento County Animal Control shelter.

Sacramento County rangers interviewed the dog owner and the investigation into what occurred is ongoing, said Nava. The dog’s breed was unconfirmed.

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“Evidently, all the parties were speaking to each other,” said Nava. “Something startled the dog and he bit the parkway visitor. They are still investigating exactly what happened.”

The injured man was treated by Sacramento Fire Department personnel. He later sought further treatment, Nava said.

While the dog in the Sunday incident was on a leash, Sacramento County rangers cite about a half-dozen people every month for not having dogs on leashes in county parks, including the American River Parkway. Often rangers let offenders off with a warning. Rangers issued 107 citations and 492 warnings for leash violations in 2014 and 2015, the last years complete statistics are available.

Nava said rangers try to educate dog owners, citing them only after warnings fail to produce compliance.

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Bill Lindelof The Sacramento Bee

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews