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Police looking for dog that bit girl

Published Oct. 16, 2005

A 10-year-old St. Petersburg girl needed 70 stitches in her left arm to close a wound from a dog bite. But the man who was walking the big black dog on Saturday apparently didn't know that, because after the attack he just walked away, officials said.

Now sheriff's deputies and county animal control officers are looking for that man and his dog, said Marianne Pasha, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department.

If the dog is not found and the owner not consulted before Feb. 20, Jill Manes will have to go through a series of rabies shots, Pasha said.

Jill was walking with a friend Saturday about 3 p.m. near 86th Avenue and Parkwood Boulevard in Seminole, Pasha said. As the man and his leashed dog passed the girls, the dog bit Jill. The bite was about 4 inches in diameter and more than an inch deep, Pasha said.

The girls asked for the man's name, but he refused to give it, Pasha said. Instead, he took Jill's home telephone number and said he would call. The man hadn't called by Wednesday, Pasha said.

The dog's owner is described as a white male, 6-foot-1, perhaps in his mid-20s, Pasha said. He has brown hair and was last seen wearing a T-shirt and shorts.

The dog is described only as a large black dog, similar in appearance to a large mixed Labrador retriever or a rottweiler.

Sheriff's officials are asking that anyone who knows the man and his dog or anything about the incident to call the sheriff's office at 587-6221.