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Police seek dog that bit 3-year-old

January 25, 2002

Police seek dog that bit 3-year-old



A 3-year-old boy began rabies treatments Thursday afternoon when the dog that bit him on the face in Noland Village couldn't be found, Hagerstown City Police said.

Officer Steve Cromer said the child was with his mother visiting a resident in Court 2 at 2:30 p.m. when he encountered the dog at the home's gate.

The small black short-haired dog with a long straight tail jumped up and bit the child, Cromer said. The dog was wearing no collar.

"The boy was taken to Washington County Hospital by his mother," Cromer said. Approximately four stitches were needed to close the larger wound on the boy's right cheek, and a stitch or two for another smaller injury.

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Since the dog wasn't found or identified, the child was started on the rabies treatment as a precaution.

Cromer said he would like to hear from anyone who knows the whereabouts of the dog or its owner's identity. If the dog is found and tests negative for rabies, the treatments can be discontinued.

Police can be reached at 301-790-3700.

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