A $1,000 reward is being offered to find the large mixed-breed dog that bit a Palm Springs woman and killed her six-pound Pomeranian on Wednesday in Carlsbad.
The dog, which was described by the victim's husband as a Golden Retriever mix, is now considered a German Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix, the County Animal Services said.
The incident took place on a grassy area at Pine Street and Highway 101 after 12:30 p.m.
The dog's handler, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, had his dog leashed when it bit and knocked over Rene Hillman, 55, before attacking her leashed white-furred Pomeranian.
The Pomeranian, named Ewok, later died from its injuries in a veterinarian's office.
"Whenever a person is bitten by a dog, we must place that dog into quarantine to ensure that the victim does not have to undergo rabies treatment," said Dawn Danielson, director of Animal Services, in a release.
The person with the Shepherd/Retriever is described as a white male with short blond hair. He was last seen fleeing from the scene northbound Carlsbad Boulevard. He is about 6 feet tall and was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, unknown-colored shorts, and was carrying a skateboard.
Tips for any information leading to the dog's owner can be submitted by phone at (619) 743-0463.