Dog bite victim hopes to avoid rabies shots

Health department looking for dog owner

FREDERICK, Md. - Authorities in Frederick County are looking for the owner of a dog that bit a woman in a local park.

According to a release from the Frederick County Health Department (FCHD), a medium size white boxer with dark spots bit a woman  around 2:30 p.m. on February 19 in Ballenger Creek Dog Park.  The FCHD needs to speak to the owner of the dog so the bite victim can avoid unnecessary rabies shots.

The owner is described as a white woman who also had a large brown Sheperd-mix dog with her.

Anyone with information about the owner’s identity is asked to call the FCHD at 301-600-1717 or Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1544.

Rabies is a viral disease that infects mammals (warm-blooded animals who nurse their young) and is spread by the saliva of the infected animal.  Human cases of rabies are fatal if untreated.  Symptoms of rabies in animals can include fear of water, limping, salivating, unusually friendly or aggressive behavior, or other atypical behaviors such as nocturnal animals emerging during the daytime.   

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