Boulder police search for man after aggressive dog fight

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A dog was stabbed and an owner was bitten after an aggressive dog fight at a popular park Tuesday, the Boulder Police Department said.

Police are searching for the owner of a pit bull-boxer mix who was involved in a fight with a pit bull about 3:15 p.m. at Foothills Community Dog Park.

Police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said the dogs got into a fight and the owners tried to separate them. But it wasn't working so one owner pulled out a knife.

Cordingly said police are looking for the owner of the pit-boxer mix, possibly named Danny, who they say stabbed the pit bull in the leg.

"They have every right to defend their animal's life," Cordigly said.

Police do not expect the owner to face any charges. But police hope he will come forward because the other dog's owner was bit during the fight.

"For safety reasons, it's standard procedure for a dog to be quarantined just to be checked for rabies," Cordigly said.

Lori Ostrow was with her dog Jersey Girl at the dog park Wednesday. She was shocked to learn of the fight, adding that she had never seen one before at the park.

But Ostrow said it's a good reminder for pet owners to always pay attention and exchange contact information if there is an incident.

"I would think most people know about their own dog and how to handle them," she said.

The pit bull that was stabbed was treated for a nonlife-threatening stab wound and is expected to be OK. But Cordingly said both dogs need to be quarantined to rule out the possibility of rabies or other diseases.

The pit-boxer mix is described as being approximately 65 pounds with light brown and white fur. The man with Danny is a darker-skinned white male between 30 to 40 years old.

He's described as being between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 with a slender to average build. He was wearing khaki shorts and a T-shirt. After the altercation, the man’s shorts were covered in blood.

The man was accompanied by a white female, between 30 to 40 years old. She was wearing a sun hat with a large brim and clog wedges with green straps. The woman had a 35-pound black and white Australian cattle dog, possibly named Sarge, with her.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 303-441-1874.

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