MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – Brian Kingsford and his wife, Jocelyn Ramirez, aren’t sleeping well. They’re terrified that their 5-year-old daughter, Sasha, might have rabies.
At the Wednesday, July 30, Mountain Village Sunset Concert, a small dog bit Sasha near the bottom of the Mountain Village “Chondola,” at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Sasha “was walking around with one of her two older brothers, petting a lot of the puppies that were hanging out with the kids,” says Kingsford. “There were dogs everywhere.
“I heard the ruckus,” Kingsford says, “and found Sasha with a puncture wound. Her lip was bleeding.”
Kingsford grabbed his daughter, “looked at the wound” and remembers asking owner of the small dog that bit his daughter, “Is your dog healthy?
“She said ‘yes,’ and I took Sasha to the bathroom to irrigate the wound and stop the bleeding.” When he came out, to his surprise, the woman was gone.
“I assume she had a husband, or a kid,” he says. “There were so many dogs. I assume her kid was holding the dog on the leash.”
Sasha was treated in the Telluride Medical Center emergency room, where a second puncture wound was found, on her lip; she emerged with three stitches.
“We’re not looking for anybody to help with expenses,” Kingsford says; nor is the family planning to press charges. “We just want to know that the dog has been vaccinated for rabies. We’d like contact information for the dog’s vet.”
Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen will make an announcement to that effect tonight, at the Sunset Series Concert. Kingsford can be reached at 970/316-1864 (and Ramirez at 970/316-1866); his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.