Boy had to get rabies shotsafter bite by unknown dog
The case of a boy who was bitten by a Rottweiler while riding his bike was discussed when the Bath Town Council met on Monday, July 2.
Mayor Susan Webster told council about a complaint from a citizen that her teenage son had suffered the bite while riding his bike on Washington Street two weeks ago. The Rottweiler was on a lease and was being walked by the owner.
The boy rode his bike home. His mother called 911, and the county dog warden was notified. But he was in another part of the county and was unable to respond immediately.
The dog's owner, believed to be a tourist, left the scene with the dog. Police have no way to find the person. The teenager was treated at War Memorial Hospital for the bite, but will have to undergo a painful series of rabies shots.
Webster said citizens should call police if they are bitten by a dog. If possible, they should get the name, address and telephone number of the dog's owner. They should ask the owner to stay at the scene until police arrive.
When the dog can be found, the county dog warden will quarantine the animal until it is determined whether it has rabies. The Health Department should also be notified of the incident.