One person was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a dog at 1:20 p.m. Monday, April 20, the Grand Forks Police Department reports.
Police received a report that a man was bitten in the neck area by a large, short-haired brown and tan dog "similar to that of a pitbull or boxer-type dog" on the 900 block of South 12th Street Monday afternoon, according to a GFPD release.
The victim initially told police the incident occurred on a public road, but police have since learned the incident actually occurred inside a private residence, GFPD Lt. Brett Johnson said.
After the dog bit the victim, the victim got a ride to the hospital. The victim initially told police that a driver witnessed the attack, pulled over, pulled the dog off the victim and took the victim to the hospital, but Johnson said he no longer believes that to be the case.
Johnson said it's unclear why the victim gave police incorrect information.
"One possibility is that they were trying to keep the dog owner from getting in trouble," Johnson said. "But again, that's all part of the investigation, and we have to try and piece those things together."
Johnson said the victim was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. The victim's condition was unclear on Tuesday afternoon.
Police have identified the owner of the dog and are in the process of locating both the dog and the owner to learn the status of the dog's rabies vaccination, according to a GFPD release.
The release states there is no danger to the general public. The investigation remains active and ongoing, and anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the GFPD at(701) 787-8000.
"We're not 100% understanding it yet, either," Johnson said.