Oxford County Public Health is investigating a dog biting incident that took place in Tillsonburg at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5.
A 10-year-old girl was bitten at the corner of Pearl Street and Maple Lane by a large dog described as having a brindle pattern, possibly a bull dog. The dog was being walked by a man, approximately in his 40s, who was accompanied by a woman, approximately in her 20s and was walking a Shih Tzu.
Public Health is seeking information about the dog in order to prevent rabies treatment for the victim. If you are the dog owner, or have information about this incident, please contact public health inspector Kristina McCarthy at 519-539-9800, extension 3521.
Rabies is a fatal disease. If you are dog owner whose pet has bitten someone, report it to Public Health. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, seek medical attention and call Public Health at 519-539-9800, ext. 3410 or 1-800-755-0394.
Rabies is a virus found in the saliva of infected wild animals such as skunks, foxes, raccoons and bats. It can spread to other wild animals, farm animals, pets and humans through a bite, scratch, cut or contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose and eyes. Rabies is a fatal disease.
To keep your pets and family rabies-free:
· Make sure your pet vaccinations are up to date.
· Keep your pets indoors at night.
· Teach children to stay away from wild animals and strange dogs and cats.
· Supervise children around pets.
· Always ask permission from a pet owner before trying to pet an animal.
· Do not attempt to touch or feed wild animals.