Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Ironton, OH - In a developing story, a one-and-a-half year old girl was severely injured by her family's pit bull-mix over the weekend. Reports about this attack have been minimal. Ironton Police Capt. Dan Johnson said that police were called to a residence in the 2700 block of South Fifth Street just after 7 p.m. Friday night. The father of the child told police the family dog, a pit bull-mix, had attacked the child and that he had shot the dog.
Ironton Dog Warden, George Wilson said, "He should not have done that. We needed the dog so that we could have quarantined it.” Wilson said he is investigating whether the dog has ever had a rabies vaccination. A family member told Wilson that the dog had not received a rabies shot. The dog was at least two years old. The child was taken to Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. in critical condition.
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| 12/27/2008 2:39 PM |
"He should not have done that. We needed the dog so that we could have quarantined it.” ?? Is he kidding? RIGHT...I am going to stop to think about that before shooting a dog that is attacking my child. What an idiot the Dog Warden is!
| 12/27/2008 3:04 PM |
MangoMichelle, it's a reasonable question that you ask. Authorities must quarantine the dog to test for rabies. If the dog has rabies the bite victim will suffer far greater consequences. Killing the animal prior to testing for rabies disrupts the testing process. The quarantine is not done to protect the dog, it is done to help the bite victim. That said, it would be incredibly difficult not to shoot a dog that was attacking your child.