Woman attacked by dog at popular park says dog's owners ran away

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A woman who was attacked by a dog at a popular park says the dog's owners ran off.

Now she needs to know if the dog that bit her had its rabies vaccine.

"Who does that? Who would leave somebody? I was so bloody, I just thought, 'Who would do that?' I can't imagine not taking responsibility for your animals,” Janet Miller said.

Miller and her husband were biking on Chamberlain Trail in North Cheyenne Cañon. It was around 1 p.m. on Friday.

They saw a couple and two off-white labradoodle-type dogs, both on leashes approaching them so they got off their bikes to walk by.

"I wasn't comfortable going by them on my bike," Miller explained, "because it was steep and I didn't want to get nipped and pulled off the trail."

But in the blink of an eye:

"The dog lunged, got away, it was instantaneous ... it's just chewed up my leg. It was so fast, so fast."

And just as fast, Miller said, the couple took off with their dogs. Miller's husband chased after.

"He went to the parking lot and found them and said, 'My wife is seriously injured.' They took off through the woods,” Miller said.

She doesn't knowing if the dog is vaccinated against rabies. That's a big concern.

"Maybe their dogs have had shots -- probably -- but with rabies, you're dead. There's [sic] no choices here,” Miller said.

Miller's injuries were severe: she told 11 News three bites went down to the bone, her hip swelled up, and she had to seek treatment at a local ER. Now she's facing a daunting series of painful rabies shots -- unless the couple comes forward.

"I'm scared of infection, and I've only got a few more days to find out if they have rabies, if I need the rabies shot."

Miller described the man as between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-4 with a "slim, athletic build" and light brown, possibly graying, hair in a ponytail. The woman he was with was described as 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7 and thin with dark hair. Her age was estimated between 35-40, while Miller said the man appeared a few years older. Both were white.

If you know whose dog that was, contact El Paso County Animal Law Enforcement at 719-302-8798.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, says if your dog bites someone, you are required to report it to the El Paso County Health Department. Same thing goes if you or your dog are bitten, so they can track whether rabies was transmitted.