Dog defends owner in Castle Rock attack

CASTLE ROCK, Wash. (AP) – Police in the southwest Washington community of Castle Rock say a female jogger’s dog attacked and chased off a man who had knocked the woman down in an attempt to grab her cell phone.

The Daily News of Longview reports (http://is.gd/EeCsse ) the 22-year-old woman was not seriously hurt. She was jogging with two dogs on a trail along the Cowlitz River dike when a man jumped out of the bushes last Thursday evening. Police say 1 of the dogs attacked and the man ran off.

Now police are warning walkers and joggers to be alert on the popular river trail system. They say the man was described as shirtless and shoeless with shaggy blond hair and scruffy facial hair.

A police dog searched the area unsuccessfully.

Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com