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Third dog bite in recentdays reported topolice in Washington

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL | Oct 10, 2017

After the Washington City Council learned last Tuesday of two alleged attacks by a stray dog in town, a subject reported having been attacked by a dog Friday night at South Fourth Avenue and East Harrison Street in Washington.

At 11:10 p.m. Friday, a caller reported a subject was walking southbound on South Fourth Avenue, almost to Washington County Hospital and Clinics. The subject reportedly had no shirt on and had blood on him. An officer responded. the subject reported being bitten by a dog and was walking to the emergency room to get checked out. The subject did not know the owner of the dog. The dog was described as being a black Lab. There was no report of a citation being issued for the incident.

During the Oct. 3 Washington City Council meeting, resident Karen Gorham had spoken of an incident where a pit bull dog had stalked her while she was walking along West Washington Street. At the same meeting, Riverside resident Xiomara Levsen had reported her 13-year-old son Dustin had been attacked by the same dog in Sunset Park. She said no citation had been issued in reference to the incident.

The police log doesn’t show a citation has been issued regarding the incident through 6 a.m. Monday.

The Washington Police Department investigates dog bites. People who are attacked should notify the police immediately. If someone is attacked, they should not panic, as this would make the situation worse. The police handles every case very seriously in determining if the dog will be declared vicious. All incidents involving animals are documented so officers will know if there is an ongoing issue. In dealing with animal complaints, officers may give the owner a written warning, a citation, or a civil infraction. With the civil infraction, officers can order more restrictions, such as quarantining the dog, being removed from the city, or, in serious cases, ordering the dog to be humanely destroyed.

Delen Tusing, who works as a dog catcher in Washington, said if a dog bites a person, the person should not try to pull the dog off, because it can tear the muscles. He said people should push into the bite, hopefully taking the dog off balance and causing it to let go.

If nothing is available to guard against the dog, Jason Whisler, who has served as a dogcatcher in Washington for about 10 years, recommends avoiding the situation.

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