Dog bites a woman, runs off

Police are asking for help as they try to find the animal.

Police are trying to find a dog that bit a woman without provocation and then ran off.

The woman was walking near Moorhead's St. Joseph Church Wednesday afternoon when she heard a dog barking, Moorhead police said. She turned and saw the animal approaching – it got close and bit the woman's calf, causing her to fall over.

She managed to fight off the dog, and fortunately only had non-life threatening injuries.

But the dog sprinted away, and she wasn't able to see where.

Now, police are trying to figure out whose dog it might be. The victim needs the dog's vaccination records, and investigators have "further questions."

The dog was described as about 2 feet tall and 3 feet long, with short hair – a combination of black, white and brown. It had a short tail and might have been a pit bull, but that's not for certain.

Anyone who knows of a dog like that in the area, or might have a tip, is asked to call the Moorhead Police Department at 701-451-7660.

Dangerous dogs and dog attacks

Under Minnesota law, if a dog attacks someone without being provoked, the owner of the dog is responsible for damages and covering the cost of any injuries.

A dog that's been deemed "dangerous" – because it has attacked someone unprovoked, killed a domestic animal, or is showing other signs – is supposed to be registered with the state, and have a microchip implanted. The owner has to follow specific regulations too.

Authorities can choose to put down the dog under certain circumstances, though the owner gets a hearing first.

The Centers for Disease Control says that around 4.5 million dog bites happen each year in the United States.

The agency says anyone approached by an unfamiliar dog should remain motionless. In the event of an attack that knocks you over, the advice is to curl into a ball with your head tucked and your hands over your ears and neck.

Next Up


2 killed in head-on crash involving car, dump truck

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Friday, according to the State Patrol.


Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, October 31

Minnesota has surpassed 3,000 new cases on consecutive days.

high school football

Minnesota Football Showcase postponed due to COVID-19

The MFCA All-Star Game will be played in June 2021.

Screen Shot 2020-10-31 at 7.26.05 AM

Here's what President Trump said on his visit to Minnesota

The president targeted Gov. Tim Walz and Keith Ellison at his Minnesota rally.

Screen Shot 2020-10-30 at 6.09.58 PM

Here's what Joe Biden said in Minnesota Friday

Presenting himself as the candidate for a united country, he pledged improvements on affordable healthcare, pandemic relief

Mohamed Ibrahim

Missed PAT seals Gophers' fate against Maryland

Mohamed Ibrahim tied a school record with four touchdowns, but the Gophers lost in overtime.

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.


The 'highly contagious' dog flu is popping up in Minnesota again

What canine influenza is, and what state animal officials are doing about it.


Rabid kitten bites child and pregnant woman

The kitten may have exposed more people and animals to the deadly virus.

Charges: Woman stole and killed dog after breaking into Minneapolis home

A Minneapolis woman is accused of two break-ins at the home of a woman she had "apparently been stalking."

Sheriff: Not every white pickup with a toolbox is driven by a dog thief

Two attempted dog thefts in two days – and a lot of tips about white pickups.

This man is wanted for stealing a car with 2 dogs inside

Maplewood police are looking for the public's help.

Man bites dog (really)

Police are looking for a 21-year-old man accused of punching and biting the Superior, Wis., Police Department’s K-9. Brandon DeMario Shaw was suspected in a car theft and refused orders to surrender, police say. As he fled, the dog attacked and the man attacked it back, the Superior Telegram reports.