Area officials seeing uptick in dog bites

Kit Stolz, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Fierce dog fights and nasty dog bites have pet owners in Ojai concerned.
“I’d say it’s growing in intensity (in recent months) and it’s really alarming to me that this is happening,” said Dr. Steve Sallen of the Ojai Valley Veterinary Hospital. “I’ve had four cases in the last six months of dog-on-dog bites, where someone will be walking a dog on a leash and then out of nowhere a large dog comes out and bites them,” he said. “A gentleman from L.A. was staying on North Montgomery (Street) and took his small poodle-ish dog out for a walk and it was attacked severely around the neck, so severely it required emergency surgery and hospitalization to stop the bleeding.”

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