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Boy receives rabies shots after dog bite

October 18, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 13-year-old Waynesboro boy underwent a series of rabies shots after being bitten by a dog in an unprovoked attack last Sunday, Georgia Martin, Pennsylvania dog law enforcement officer said Friday.

Martin described the dog as a medium to large mixed-breed, similar to a German shepherd, with short dark brown hair. She said she searched the area after the attack and could not find the dog, and was still looking for it Friday.

The victim has not been identified.

Martin said the boy and his brother were playing on the top of a hill near their grandmother's house where his family was visiting in the 6500 block of Anthony Highway. The boys were on the edge of a large farm field. The victim's brother was away from him at the time of the attack.

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"The dog came out of nowhere, from the field, and bit the boy on the chest and leg," Martin said. "That was an attack, not just a nip and run away.

"It bothered me. There was no reason for the attack. It was unprovoked, a dangerous situation," she said.

The boy was taken to Waynesboro Hospital for treatment of his wounds, she said.

Because the dog could not be found, the boy had to undergo the rabies shots as a precaution, Martin said.

Usually when a dog bites a person the dog is quarantined for 10 days to make sure it is not rabid, she said. If it is, it dies within that 10-day period.

Another way to check for rabies is to destroy the animal and send its head to a lab for testing, she said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the dog can call Martin at 717-762-9794.

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