Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

A dog that was deemed vicious after a February attack put a Crescent City woman in the Sacramento hospital has been euthanized.

According to Justin Briggs at Del Norte County Animal Control, the dog was humanely euthanized March 9.

“The owner did not request due process,” Briggs said, “and that dog was not a candidate for adoption.”

Briggs said he contacted Humboldt Humane Society, which could not take a vicious animal. Briggs said the practice is not common locally.

“This was only the third temperament euthanization I’ve ever ordered,” he said.

Briggs explained the procedure is done by a licensed local veterinarian and is paid for by Animal Control.

The dog was first quarantined, then held at the location after attacking a Emma Young behind the Jedediah Smith Shopping Center Feb. 8. The attack damaged her arm so severely that she has to undergo a series of skin graft surgeries. At last report, Young said doctors were optimistic about her recovery.

Unrelated case

A report that someone had broken into the Animal Control building to remove a dog turned out to be unrelated to the euthanized dog, but involved another being held for attacks.

On March 8, employees found someone had cut a hole in the main building exercise area.

Del Norte County Sheriff’s investigators were told one dog was missing, a border collie mix quarantined for attacks, said Undersheriff Bill Steven. The owner of the dog was contacted and told authorities they were not aware of the break-in and did not have the dog, he said.

Briggs said the building was repaired promptly and is operational.

Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office at 707-464-4191.

Reach Tony Reed at treed@triplicate.com

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