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Vail biker attacked by dogs

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

CAMP HALE , Colorado ” A Vail mountain biker was attacked by dogs at the end of Wednesday night’s Camp Hale Hup race, leaving her seriously injured.

The woman was racing in the women’s expert category of the weekly Vail-Beaver Creek Mountain Bike series. She had experienced mechanical difficulties during the race, causing her to fall behind, said Jamie Gunion, spokesperson for the Vail Recreation District, which runs the race series.

Officials would not release the name or condition of the woman.

The biker declined a ride from race marshals who were on the course, instead fixing her bike and continuing the race, Gunion said.

Officials reported that two Great Pyrenees, large, white, livestock dogs that weigh anywhere from 85 pounds to 125 pounds, attacked her on the course.

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Spectators saw the attack and were able to get the dogs off her. The biker was brought down to the Nova Guides station and later transported to Vail Valley Medical Center.

The dogs are being held at the animal shelter and are under a 10-day observation period for any signs of illness.

“Currently, the dogs are showing no signs of illness and are being cared for by Animal Services staff,” Animal Services Director Natalie Duck said. “This incident is currently under investigation and no further details can be released.”

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