The owner of two dogs that attacked two 12-year-olds getting off a school bus Monday afternoon has been located and cited. The Nebraska Humane Society says they've found the dogs believed responsible for biting a boy and girl.
Forty-six-year-old Shara Dunbar was cited Wednesday morning on two counts of harboring a dangerous animal, two counts improper restraint and one count of no dog license. Records show that both dogs were vaccinated at the time of the biting incident.
"We located the dogs in a house about a block away from where the bite incident occurred," said Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society. "A witness of the bite as well as one of the bite victims positively identified these dogs as being the ones involved in the attack on the two kids."
Langan said Humane Society officers had problems finding the dog's owner while at the house near 37th and Blondo. "When we confiscated the dogs, we're not sure if the owner was present or not. We're getting some conflicting stories so we'll do an investigation today, talk to some people, determine who the owner is and take appropriate action."
The children have serious injuries after the attack. An adult who witnessed the incident and one of the victims has positively identified the dogs as being involved. The dogs are “Escobar," a tri-color boxer/pit bull mix and “Blue," a pit bull mix.
Both dogs are at the Nebraska Humane Society for a 10-day quarantine period for rabies observations. They will also be held for court purposes.
Daja Briggs was one of the children attacked. "We got off the bus and then we started walking, waiting for his (a classmate) mom and we seen these dogs and so we stopped and then they came and then they bit me and then we started to run and then we fell."
By then, the dogs were all over Briggs and her classmate. "They bit my legs and my foot. When we saw the dogs they tried to look as innocent, but the Humane Society said when they were at the house that they were trying to act all mean. When I counted it with the stitches, it's 49 dog bites."
Daja said the two had never seen the dogs before. She has several bite marks on her hands, arms, legs and feet. She has trouble walking due to the attack. "I'm happy that they got the dogs so nobody else can get attacked like we did."
A bad situation could have been worse if not for an unidentified man who helped the children. "I was on the ground and my friend was screaming 'help' and then a man came down the street and shot a gun and then the dogs start running down the street."
Daja's father was grateful the man was there. "They could have gotten killed," said Tyrone Briggs. "I'm thankful to the guy that shot the gun or it would have been a bigger tragedy than what it is and today would be a sad day, so I'm thankful that it came out the way it did."
"You need to keep them under lock and key so they can't be out wandering the neighborhood attacking not just our children but anybody," said Daja's mother, Melody Jones. "If you have dogs like that that are vicious dogs they need to out unattended, they need to be muzzled like they're supposed to be."
Melody is glad the dogs were caught. "I'm really relieved. I'm happy for the simple fact that like my daughter said, so that they wouldn't be able to injure not just kids, but anybody. An elderly person could be walking by and be attacked. So I am glad that the dogs are off the street."
If not for the help of a stranger, Daja says things would be different. "I wouldn't be here right now. They need to put the dogs to sleep because they're vicious dogs."
Daja and her mother don't blame the dogs for the attack. "It's not really their fault," said Melody. "It's the way that they were trained. When you do things like that that's the outcome of it, the dogs lose."
Now the family turns to getting Daja back to full health. "I think she's going to heal real good. The scars are always going to be there, but as long as she's healthy and she's alive, I'm happy."