HOLLISTER, Calif.- Thursday a 12-year-old girl was attacked by her neighbor's Australian Shepherds who was not on a leash. The dog owner left the little girl there bleeding to fend for herself, but the community banded together to find the owner and the dog just in the knick of time.
"It bit me five times in the ankle and it was really hurtful", say Chelsey Cameron of her horrific experience.
Chelsea was walking home for the tennis courts the same way she always did with her friends. However, this time a dog came running up to her and started biting into her leg.
Chelsea recalls the experience, "and then I was kind of in panic mode because I was dropping with blood so we started walking home."
When the neighborhood got word about what had happened they were all stunned.
Chelsea's mom, Michele, was surprised that the owner did not help her daughter get back to the house, and said everyone in the neighborhood "was shocked that this dog owner let our daughter bleeding, and did not come forward."
But what worried Michele most was that time was of the essence, they had to find the dog owner to see if he had rabies. If the dog does have rabies Chelsea would have to be treated immediately to prevent the fatal disease. Chelsea's mother decided to use social media to find the dog owner, and posted the incident to the Hollister Neighborhood Watch Page.
"I posted the little summary on our community Faceboook Page and the responses began throughout the entire day and night, and it was actually the page that found the owner and her dogs", says Michele.
Her son Cameron, was skeptical about the idea, but it wasn't long before he became a believer.
"My mom put it up and I wasn't sure if we would get any responses and 205 comments later I thought this is an amazing idea", says Cameron.
The Facebook post even got the attention of the San Benito High school Football team. Thirty football players were patrolling the neighborhood trying to get any information they could. One senior player, Cameron Brann, went around Ridgemark and was "passing out flyers and seeing if anybody knew anything that could help".
One neighbor, Kristine Sanborn, who did not know the Cameron family personally, was monitoring the Facebook comments on the Hollister watch page, and spotted the woman outside her home. She was cooking with a friend when they noticed a woman walking by outside her back window, and "she fit the same description that was on the Hollister Neighborhood watch that I had seen."
With the help from the neighborhood, the San Benito County Sheriff, was able to find the dog owner. Unfortunately, the dog's vaccines expired, so the dog has been put in quarantine for ten days to monitor if it has rabies or not. They will have to make a decision on Monday if the girl will have to go through treatment, because they cannot wait the full ten days, because if the dog does have rabies it will be too late to treat the girl.