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Colorado woman recovering from dog bite she received during Oklahoma Capitol visit

A Colorado woman was in Oklahoma City on a tour of the Capitol when she was bitten by a dog.
by Rick Green Modified: June 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014

Two people have been bitten by stray dogs that have been roaming the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol, prompting workers to post signs near building exits warning everyone to exercise “extreme caution” in the area.

The latest dog bite came Friday afternoon outside of the Will Rogers Building in the Capitol complex, said Capt. George Brown, of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which provides security for the Capitol. He didn’t have the name of the woman who was bitten or details of the wound, other than that it broke the skin.

Oklahoma City Animal Control officers used a tranquilizer dart to try to capture one dog in the area Friday, but the animal escaped before the tranquilizer took effect. It’s not clear whether this dog bit anyone. A dog was captured in a cage in the area Tuesday, but it does not look like the one that bit a woman in the first incident on June 4.

Deidra Horan, 64, of Englewood, Colo., was the first one bitten. She was attacked as she neared the end of a trip in which she visited seven state capitols.

“I'm standing on the sidewalk looking around when four large dogs appeared,” she said.

“I remained as calm as I could, slowly trying to back away to see if I could somehow break away so I could run,” she said. “About that time, one of the dogs bit me on the right buttock. Now I’m petrified and I began screaming as loud as I could, hoping someone would hear me.”

She managed to make it back to a building entrance, where a security officer helped her. The dogs ran away and couldn’t be found.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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