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UPDATE: Girl Attacked by Dog at Mape Memorial Park

The girl's parents were asking for help from the community to identify the dog to possibly keep their daughter from having to continue to endure rabies treatment. On Dec. 14, the dog was found.

Editor's Update Dec. 15 at 3:10 p.m.:

The dog that bit a 7-year-old girl in the face on Monday at Mape Memorial Park has been found, according to the girl's mother.

Melinda Roman wrote:

"At approximately 4:30 p.m. yesterday my husband and I were parked with our car facing the trail right next to the park and were letting people know as they walked by what had happened to our daughter.  My husband approached a female and immediately recognized the dog she was walking.  We called the authorities and the Dublin police and animal control responded.  The female called her son, in which her son admitted to her what happened. Her son had not disclosed any information to her.  She was apologetic and had her son come to the scene to apologize to us. We are very thankful that the dog is up to date on the shots! Our daughter will no longer have to endure the rabies treatment! Thank you so very much for posting the article.  We truly appreciate the community supporting!"

Original story:

A 7-year-old girl was attacked by a dog while she was playing at Mape Memorial Park in Dublin on Monday, Dec. 10 around 4:15 p.m. The girl's mother, Melinda Roman, is asking for the public's help to identify the dog so they can determine whether or not the dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

Roman says the dog was on a leash when the attack happened.

If the dog is not found, Roman says her daughter will have to endure a rabies treatment in addition to the other injuries she suffered during the attack.

Roman said her husband was standing next to his daughter when it happened and that he immediately took the 7-year-old and his 3-year-old into the bathrooms to get paper towels for the injuries. When he came out of the bathrooms, she says the dog and its owner had left.

Roman wrote:


"The owner of the dog appeared to be in his teens approximately around 15 or so. The dog is described as a white or very light yellow lab (may be mixed), with a distinctive mole or growth above its right eye on top of its head. The dog did not appear to be a puppy. We do not have any other details than that."


Roman says her daughter was rushed to Oakland Children's Hospital where she was treated for the injuries. According to Roman, her daughter has "stitches and teeth marks on the right side of her face, as well as paw marks on her chest and stomach region."

Roman is pleading for the public's help to find the dog and the owner of the dog so they can find out if the dog has had its rabies shots. If the dog if found, Roman says the rabies treatment her daughter is now enduring can be stopped.

Roman wrote:

"We just need to know that the dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations."

According to Alameda County Sergeant JD Nelson, the report was taken by Dublin Police Services and will be investigated by Alameda County Animal Control Services.

If you have any information about this incident call the Alameda County Animal Control Services 925-803-7040.

A Reader December 17, 2012 at 02:45 AM
@Ted, and your full name is??? No I don't use my name because I happen to think that I know who this family is based on the original description of the dog. Their kid is definitely useless enough to walk away and leave those parents wondering if they have to subject their child to rabies treatments. These parents, whoever they are, have not instilled any sense of responsibility if their kid would walk after his dog mauls a little child. When a family chooses to allow their child to walk away from things like that (what's next? a hit and run in the family car?) the neighbors deserve to know who they are. We can be more vigilant with our own children when we know who the creeps are. That's why sex offenders have to register. This punk is no different.
Andy W. December 17, 2012 at 06:23 AM
That's because you are an ignorant individual. Labs bite people more often than any other breed, the media just doesn't feel the need to report articles that aren't sensational enough. I commend Patch for being one of the few media outlets out there who report all dog attacks that they are made aware of.
Punxnotdead December 17, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Andy, thanks for chiming in, but according to Dublin Animal Shelter, small dogs actually bite more people than labs do or other big dogs do. Nice try tho. Maybe volunteering at the shelter is a better use of your time than ad hoc posting on Patch.
TriValleyKarate December 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I can't say confidently the owner's will come forward. How often is it when one runs a stop sign or speeds they go to the police and admit it; it will cost them hundreds of dollars; granted they didn't hurt anyone (yet)...but doing the right thing is isn't a one time thing, it is an all the time thing. So, we shouldn't get our hopes up that they will come forward. For now, I hope the girl is doing well and has a great holiday season with her family to overshadow this event.
TriValleyKarate February 07, 2013 at 04:52 PM
It has been about 2 months, any updates on how she is doing?

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