Authorities searching for owner of dog that bit 9-year-old

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities are searching for the owner of that bit a 9-year-old.

De'Nean Breed said her son will have to undergo a series of rabies shots if she can't locate the dog owner by Friday.

"It's very frightening," said Breed. "I just feel like I'm fighting for every minute."

Breed spent Tuesday searching for the woman described as about 250 pounds, 5 feet 2 inces to 5 feet 5 inches tall, with reddish-brown hair, in her mid-40s and wearing glasses.

"We need to find this woman to get this information; otherwise he's going to go through some painful experiences and it's not his fault," she said.

Breed said her husband chatted with the owner shortly before the bite. He said the owner mentioned that the Labrador/pitt bull mix was recently adopted.

She said her husband would have followed the owner but their son was crying in pain.

A statement from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said its urgent they find the dog owner.

"It's bad enough that he has to suffer from the bite, but it would be unforgivable if he had to needlessly undergo the trauma of the series of shots," the statement said.

The incident happened Saturday morning at the Deer Lick Dog Park.

Breed said her son was about to throw a tennis ball when the black dog with a red collar bit him on the arm.

Channel 2 Action News spoke with dog trainers at the Douglasville park.

"It's definitely irresponsible dog ownership," said Sabrina Hull.

"People should have more control over their dogs," said Kathleen Predmore. "If they can't control them in a dog park, then they should leave them on a leash."

Breed said she needs to find the owner by Friday.

"I think it's a dirty thing for her to do but the most important thing is to get the information about the dog," she said.

The dog is described as all black, muscular, short-haired, 1 to 2 years old, about 35 pounds, with a long snout, believed to be female, newly adopted, deep bark, red collar with bits of yellow, about 24 to 30 inches tall. She was with another smaller black dog with curly fur.

If you have any information on the incident use the Douglas County Sheriff's Office tip line at 678-486-1253.