FIND OWNER OF DOG THAT BIT YOU TO AVOID RABIES SHOTS- MN ATTORNEY
A recent news report gave this story: Shannon wishes at least one dog owner was more responsible with their pet after a dog bit her last week. Now she’s going through treatment for rabies in case the unknown animal was infected. It happened on Wednesday after she left her home on the corner of South Park and Morris Streets as she was heading to the library to do some editing work for an American company. She usually works from home but also likes to head out.
“I crossed a street, passed a woman walking a dog, the dog lunged out, (and) bit me in the calf,” she said on Sunday. Shocked, she did not get the woman’s contact information. She said the woman told her it wasn’t her dog. “I’m just kind of mad at myself for not pressing her for her contact info and I don’t know if this is maybe the only way that the owner could know that that dog is a dangerous dog.” She hasn’t seen the dog or woman walking it before or since, despite keeping a lookout. Because she was not able to find the dog owner, she now has to get a series of rabies shots after the dog bite.
At the time of the dog attacker her, she was wearing jeans that mitigated damage to her flesh. She ended up with two puncture wounds and bruises which were as big as toonies by Sunday. She didn’t need stitches so she doesn’t believe there will be a scar.
“You feel the pressure of the bite before you feel the pierce of the dog’s teeth,” she said. “And when you look at it, it’s kind of interesting to see a set of bruises from the top part of the teeth and then a space of a similar size and then the other set of bruises from the bottom just to show how big they can actually open their mouths.” She described the dog that bit her as medium-sized with short brown fur, a lean build, longer legs, and maybe weighing about 40 pounds. She couldn’t specify a breed.
The incident happened quickly, but she recalls she didn’t have to fight the dog off. It bit and then let go. She figures that’s why the teeth only punctured her skin and did not tear any flesh. “Because I live so close … my roommate was home and she came out to see what was wrong. We called the nurse’s helpline. They told us how to treat it — to wash it for five minutes with water. So (I) did that while my roommate went out and got Polysporin. I called the non-emergency (police) line and they sent an officer around and I talked to him.”
The closest walk-in clinic is “Where I was told I’d have to take antibiotics in case there was something the dog had and also that it would probably be a good idea to do a rabies treatment, because once again, (I) just don’t know. If I knew the dog, they could observe it for 10 days and they would be able to discern whether it had rabies or not.” She underwent a series of rabies shots where needles that were initially injected almost directly into the wounds, she said. Now that that’s been done, the remaining treatment will be just three more rabies shots in the arm over the next couple of weeks. “Even in the moment, when the dog bit me, I was like ‘this sucks but I’m going to be Ok.’ … It didn’t really feel like a big deal. But later on, when I was told about health risks, I was like ‘oh, this is a big deal.’ And, what if it had been a kid?”
She will be fine thanks to the rabies shots, even if the dog is sick, but she would’ve liked to find the dog owner and let the dog owner know what happened. “Even in a small city like this, I might never run into them again,” she said. “I’d kind of like to never run into them again. But if this dog was really being walked by a dog walker, maybe (the owners) aren’t aware that their dog did this and they should know.”
She said the police told her a report would be filed and they’d check with nearby businesses to see if a camera might have caught an image of the dog and its owner. It’s a long shot, though.
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