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UPDATE: Camel gets loose, bites person in Acton

Animal Control takes camel into custody and holds it for evidence

Posted: February 14, 2014 10:41 a.m.
Updated: February 14, 2014 6:00 p.m.

A screengrab of a KTLA Channel 5 newscast shows the wayward camel being loaded into a trailer. It was taken to a shelter in Lancaster.

A camel escaped its pen in Acton on Friday and chased some residents, biting one in the head before it was recaptured and transported to an animal care facility in Lancaster.

The loose camel was reported around 8:35 a.m. in the area of East Soledad Pass Road and Angeles Forest Highway in Acton, according to Deputy John Cereoli with the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

“The camel was loose and chasing people and being crazy,” Cereoli said.

“My dad ... tried to catch it, and it must have cornered him or something. And it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him,” Skylar Dossenbach told KCBS-TV. “He crawled under something and the camel tried to pull him out from under it.”

Another resident reported the camel was chasing other residents, as well.

Cereoli reported the individual bitten was treated at a local hospital.

When Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control arrived at the scene they found the animal corralled at a nearby property.

“We responded and the camel was contained on a neighbor’s property,” said Betsey Webster, chief deputy director for the department.

The animal was loaded into a trailer and transported to the department’s animal care facility in Lancaster, Webster said.

It is not illegal to have a camel in unincorporated Los Angeles County so long as the owner obtains the proper permits to do so, Webster said.

But the owner of the camel in question does not appear to have the required permits, Webster said. As a result, the owner could face a fine.

Though it is not illegal to house a camel, Webster said it is not common for Animal Control officials to run across one like this.

“It is a very unusual animal for us to have in our custody,” she said.


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