Jun 29, 2018

Dog involved in the attack in Arcata that resulted in Donald Steele's death has been euthanized

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal dog attack on June 25, 2018 in Arcata as 91-year-old Donald Steele.

Steele’s cause of death has been determined to be from injuries consistent with a dog attack. His manner of death has been determined as accidental.

Humboldt County Animal Control took possession of the dog following the incident. The dog was euthanized June 28 following orders from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services.
The dog tested negative for rabies. 

The Arcata Police Department is investigating this incident. All inquiries related to this case should be directed to the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2428.

6 comments:

  1. It was his P.O.S. sons dog. This P.O.S. lived and mouched off his father for years. Don was a father to the waist of oxygens son while he was a full time drugie. We lost a good man to and idiot. The dogs not the only one who need to be euthanized!

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    1. What kind of dog..where did he get it from. I wonder if he even fed it..

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    2. Katie, I put in an inquiry regarding the questions you asked.

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  2. What kind of dog? How old? male? Neutered? Stray?

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    1. John VanMunster, read my response to Katie above your comment. I will update the post with that information when I can get it from an official source.

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  3. Was said to be a mixed breed by the County. The Grandson said it's a Pitbull.
    Since the Son and his girlfriend lived with Don and we're his caregivers and owned the dog they are in fact guilty of Elder Abuse. They created dangerous situation and Don was not protected. It is the responsibility of law enforcement to arrest and charge them with Abuse of and Elder or Elder Abuse. This was not and Accident. Look it up it's a slam dunk. Throw them in a lose the keys.

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