98-year-old woman bit by a stranger's dog asking for owner to come forward

98-year-old Betty Betus is asking for the owner of the dog who bit her Friday, while walking on the Sundial Bridge, to come forward so she doesn't have to endure the pain of more rabies shots.

Betus, who lives at Shasta Estates, was taken to the hospital Friday after she was bitten by the dog.

Betus said she was with her friend, enjoying a afternoon walk when a woman walked past her with a medium size dog on a leash. Betus said that dog then turned around and bit her on the leg.

Betus is recovering well, but has endured a series of shots since the incident. The dog owner ran away with her dog so doctors are taking precautionary steps since there was no information on the dog's health history.

Betus received seven rabies shots Friday and on Monday, she went in for yet another shot and has two more to go, which is why her family is asking for the dog owner to come forward, even if anonymously.

"It was a pretty traumatic event for her," Betus' daughter explained while her mother was pricked with her eighth shot since the bite.

Betus said the dog owner saw her bleeding and ran away with her dog like nothing happened. Her leg was bleeding so badly that she had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.

"I don't know why this happened but it did. And I didn't really want these shots but there was no alternative, you know they said it's terrible if you don't get the shots and you have the rabies, it's usually fatal," explained Betus.

The shots are extremely painful, and she needs two more.

The dog was described as a medium, Terrier-like breed. The dog's owner is described as a 55-year-old white woman.

If anyone has information about whom the dog belongs to, contact the Haven Humane Animal Regulations Unit at (530) 241-2550.

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