Bike commuter attacked by dog let out of car
A bike commuter was attacked by a dog this weekend on his way to work after its owners set it free from their car to chase him.
Cyclist Jimmy Payne was on his way to work Saturday morning at about 4:45 a.m when he noticed a slow moving red convertible on Palo Verde Boulevard just south of Glenn Street.
Payne said the red convertible was moving slowly toward him, but made a u-turn to get in front of him. He said when he passed the car he heard someone inside whistling and then heard the dog bolting from the car.
Payne said in an email that the dog was grunting and snarling when it attacked and was trying to bite his feet for about 150 feet until he was able to outride it.
He said he didn’t get a look at the people in the car, nor did he get a plate number because he had already passed the car and was trying to get away from the dog.
According to Payne, his fiance, who had to ride through the area 30 minutes later, called the police, but were told there wasn’t anything they could do. He said the police suggested calling animal control.