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Police Officer Says a Dog Bit His Arm

A police officer reported he was bitten by the dog of a woman he was trying to contact over one of her checks being stolen.

On Jan. 6 at around 5:11 p.m., police said the officer went to the West Maiden Lane home when the dog, who was contained on the property with an electronic fence system, allegedly bit his arm. The owner immediately regained control of her pet and brought her inside, according to Monroe Animal Control.

Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said the owner thinks it was a scratch, rather than a bite.

The officer's arm was examined and treated at the walk-in clinic on Route 111, the report said.

Risko said the dog is validly vaccinated and licensed. A complaint advisory notice was issued to the dog owner and a 14-day quarantine order was issued for the animal.

A State Bite Attack Report was completed. The case remains open pending the health status of the dog, according to Risko.
Joe Mancini January 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Bill-The dog was up to date on vaccines, and Ed Risko maintained it was a scratch. Is it state mandated that a 14 day quarantine is required? Seems like a severe punishment for an overly excited house dog?
Bill Bittar (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Ed Risko said the dog owner believes it was a scratch he didn't maintain that. The 14-day quarantine is routine to ensure the dog isn't sick. It's just a precaution. If an animal is sick and there is no quarantine to find that out and the person who was bit doesn't get medical attention all that time it could be really bad. I think the quarantine is really more moderating the dog's health, not like it's locked up or anything.

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