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Tribe worried that county not responding to dog bites

The Big Pine Paiute Tribe of California is considering a government-to-government agreement with Inyo County in response to recent dog bite attacks on the reservation.

The tribe called the county's Animal Control department after the first bite on April 12 but no one responded. The county came out after a more serious attack on April left an elderly Meals on Wheels volunteer in the hospital.

But the county still wasn't sure how to respond because officials say they lack regulatory authority on the reservation. Under Public Law 280, the state has criminal and civil jurisdiction in Indian country, but county attorney Paul Bruce said this does not extend to animal control.

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County, BP tribe clear up confusion (The Inyo Register 6/10)