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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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 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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