Campground pit bulls corralled |

Campground pit bulls corralled

Cliff Thompson
Preston Utley/Vail DailyA lab/pit bull mix awaits its fate at the Eagle County Animal Shelter in Eagle. The dog, along with another pit bull mix, was caught in Camp Hale after attacking a camper.

CAMP HALE – A pair of abandoned and very aggressive pit bulls attacked and injured one man and charged another at a popular U.S. Forest Service campground eight miles south of Red Cliff.Those dogs, both females, were live-trapped by animal control officer Natalie Duck Friday morning without incident – just before the arrival at the campground of several hundred members of the Bowhunter’s Jamboree.

After the attack Forest Service officials alerted other campers to be on the lookout for the animals, and called animal control to set some live-traps for the dogs. Both dogs are now in the Eagle County Animal shelter under observation. Both have collars but no identification tags, and are reportedly in good shape, Duck said.The animals were first reported running loose in Camp Hale Wednesday afternoon and an animal control officer tried unsuccessfully for more than an hour to catch them. The next afternoon another officer placed two large mesh live traps baited with dog food near the campground.At 6 p.m. one of the dogs bit Cortez resident Clarence Loomis on the forearm as he put money in a campground drop box, Duck said. Loomis was treated at a hospital and released. Loomis could not be reached Friday.

Duck said she’s investigating who may have left the dogs there. The owners could face charges of abandonment, leaving dogs at large, failure to obtain and display a county license and failing to control the animals , Duck said.If no owners come forth, the dogs face an uncertain future – it has not been determined if the dogs will be destroyed or not, Duck said.

Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or, Colo.

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