By Andria Borba

BODEGA BAY (KPIX 5) — Sonoma County Animal Control is looking for a couple whose dog bit a chunk out of a man’s arm on Doran Beach in Bodega Bay on Monday.

Claus Janzen was out for a walk when he passed by the only other people on the beach — a man and a woman and their three dogs. Claus says the dogs had leashes attached to their collars, but were running freely.

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“I walked by these people. I was maybe three, four steps by them and all of a sudden I just felt this dog lunge up and bit my arm,” Claus told KPIX 5. “I looked down and there’s a big gouge out of my arm. It wasn’t a big bite or a puncture wound or a scratch. It was — he took it out. There wasn’t skin flapping around. It was just taken out.”


A photo of the victim’s injuries (Source; Stephanie Janelle)

The 69-year-old man was bleeding and a mile from his home.

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“I said, ‘I need help. Can you help me?’ And he said, and I guess I’ll never forget that — he looked at me with a sort of a snide face and said, ‘What do you want me to do, kiss and make it better?’– and they turned and walked away,” Claus recounted.

He did managed to snap a photo of the couple with his phone and then got himself to a golf course half a mile away for help.

A photo of the suspected couple and their dogs. (Source: Claus Janzen)

A fire medic in Bodega Bay looked at Claus’s arm and then sent him onto a hospital in Santa Rosa for eight stitches. The photos Claus took are in the official Sonoma County Animal Control report. They’re investigating the incident and have confirmed to KPIX 5 that the couple in the photos are the suspects.

The concern right now is whether the dog that bit Claus has rabies and whether he needs to start a course of treatment.

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“There was no contrition on the part of this person, these people. They just turned and walked away. You ask for help and they turn and walk away. “