Dog's horse attack probe still on

Owner, pit bull left scene after bloody assault on Auburn-area trail
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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No dog and no owner has surfaced from the off-leash pit bull attack on a horse being ridden on an Auburn State Recreation Area trail near Auburn. But the effort by the state Parks Department and Placer County Animal Control Division to locate the two is still alive. And the reward for information leading to bringing the owner to justice has grown even more. He fled with the dog after the April 3 attack. Ranger Scott Liske said Monday that he revisited the attack site, about 4 miles east of Auburn, with the Lincoln woman who was riding the horse to aid in her recollection. A fellow rider that day also returned to the site. Liske said the two women’s description of the dog’s owner was of a Hispanic male about 20 years old. He wore a white T-shirt and jeans, stood about 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a stocky build. The man left the area after refusing to help the woman retrieve her horse – which had fled down Foresthill Road into traffic. The initial encounter included three separate attacks by the dog on the horse, including one where it clamped its jaws on its nose. Liske said that other people saw the man pick up the dog after leaving the rider behind and may provide valuable information. The vehicle the man left in is described as a silver Honda CRV SUV, probably from the 2000 or 2001 model year. The SUV had initially been parked on the north shoulder of Foresthill Road before the attack occurred at about noon that Thursday. Rider Odette Parker has also been looking at dog photos and pictures of possible suspects, Liske said. “We’re still working on the case and hoping someone who saw something can call in with information,” Liske said. Providing some information could be sweetened by a considerable amount of reward money now being offered. Connie Watson of Auburn’s Echo Valley Ranch feed and farm supply store said the last donation came in late last week, indicating that interest continues in finding the man and the dog. The reward now stands at $4,000, Watson said. The phone number with county Animal Control is (530) 886-5544. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at