Jackson County Sheriff’s officials are asking the owner of a dog that bit an Independence man Thursday to come forward.

Jackson County Sheriff’s officials are asking the owner of a dog that bit an Independence man Thursday to come forward.

At 3 p.m. Thursday the Sheriff’s Department received a call from a 67-year-old man who said he was walking the Little Blue Trace Trail – 1/4 of a mile south of Ripley Junction, near U.S. 24 and Old Lexington Road – when he was bitten by a dog.

The victim was walking with his wife when they encountered a man with four children and three dogs, which appeared to be two German Shepherds and a pit bull. When the Independence man and his wife passed, one of the dogs, believed to be a German shepherd, pulled its leash away from the owner and bit the victim on the forearm.

The Independence man sustained a minor injury.

When authorities arrived on the scene, the dog owner was gone.

Although the victim is expected to make a full recovery, the Sheriff’s office is asking the owner of the dog to come forward so officials can obtain vaccination information and possibly prevent the victim from undergoing treatment for rabies.

The dog owner is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing denim shorts, a yellow tank top and a Mohawk style hair cut. The children with him are described as two boys, also wearing Mohawks, and two girls between 3 and 4 years of age.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the dog owner is asked to call the Sheriff’s office at 816-524-4302.