Pit bull attack reward grows

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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The reward is up considerably for a crime-solving lead in the search for a man who fled with his dog after what witnesses say was a pit bull's unprovoked attack on a horse being ridden near Auburn. Auburn's Echo Valley feed and farm supply store started the reward with a $500 donation on Tuesday. It was up to $1,500 Wednesday, with donations that included $500 from the Wendell & Inez Robie Foundation. Echo Valley reported Thursday that the reward was bolstered by a $1,500 pledge from Friends of the Placer County Animal Shelter and $500 from Placer Electric. The attack took place April 3 on a trail about four miles east of Auburn, near Foresthill Road. The horse was bitten several times on its face and body, then chased down a trail. It was caught near the Foresthill bridge. The pit bull was picked up by the owner, who then drove away. The state Parks Department, whose jurisdiction includes the Auburn State Recreation Area where the attack took place, is attempting to locate the man and his dog. Lincoln's Odette Parker, owner of the horse, and Debbie Torres, a Lincoln rider who was also on the trail, described the man as in his mid-to-late 20s, balding, with a short fringe of black hair near the ears, stocky and about 5 feet 5 inches tall. He wore jeans and a white T-shirt. Parker described the dog as a pit bull weighing about 100 pounds. Parks officials are also considering the possibility it was a mastiff-pit bull crossbreed because of its tan color. For people with information on the dog or owner, the state Parks Department can be reached at (530) 885-4527. For people wishing to add to the reward, Echo Valley's phone number is (530) 823-1482. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at