Emergency Call Leads to Quick Plowing, No Hospital Transport

A woman called police after the blizzard struck because a week-old dog bite could be infected and snow had to be cleared to reach her.

A 34-year-old Sunrise Terrace woman made an emergency call late Saturday afternoon, on the heels of the blizzard, and reported that a dog bite sustained a week earlier was bothering her and may be infected, according to police.

A Department of Public Works crew cleared snow from Cottage Street to Downs Road to allow EMS personnel and police officers to reach the woman's house, but when they got there, she reportedly declined transport to the hospital.

She explained that she had already went to St. Vincent's Medical Center on Jan. 27, the day that her mother's German Shepherd bit her, police said.

The woman's mother was given a written warning for failure to license her dog.

Crown Royal February 15, 2013 at 05:03 PM
She should be billed for the Ambulance and Police gasoline as well as the officers wasted time.
Alex February 15, 2013 at 05:20 PM
That's very rude and inconsiderate of the woman. Why did she make the call for help if she declined the help when they got there? She could have potentially endangered the emergency personnel. I agree with Crown Royal, she should be paying the cost of the effort to get to her, or at least be fined for a false emergency. For all we know it could have all been a ruse to get her road plowed faster.
Susan Galian February 15, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Shame on her! The above two people are correct. Something should be done about that. My husband has a bad heart and what if I truly need help and they were over there. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!
christine February 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Oh my, she could have at least called to tell EMS she no longer needed help.
QWERTY February 16, 2013 at 02:13 AM
I have no clue how this went down but I have a feeling she might have called asking for advice and the dispatcher sent a crew out anyways. Granted she DID call the emergency line but I've called the non-emergency police line explaining certain situations to them only to find an officer at my front door hours later when I didn't ask for one.
LINDSAY MARCUS February 16, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I'm going to have to side with the German Shepherd on this one. They are pretty good judges of character;)
OTR/L February 16, 2013 at 06:07 PM
The story is written incorrectly and this situation is misconstrued. What really happened was the girl's friend (while the girl was sleeping) called the town about concern of the road not being plowed in a timely manner, in regards to a possible infected dog bite, in which the girl would then drive herself to the doctor on Saturday or Sunday. The town then stated that that they would have to make a decision to plow the road as a priority for transportation, NOT AN AMBULANCE. The town then said that they would call back with an answer. Well, the town NEVER called back...and an officer and an EMT showed up at the house hours later, unbenounced to the girl. The EMT saw no concern with the dog bite and being that there was 4 feet of unplowed snow for a mile, how the hell would this girl leave the house when she can barely walk with a painful wound. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR THE SERVICE. So, the comments above are clearly out of ignorance.
OTR/L February 16, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Qwerty, that is exactly what happened. There was a call placed to the town, NOT 911, regarding plowing, in which the girl herself did not make. Hours later, people showed up, unrequested. Also, the dog owner DID NOT get a written warning.
bob February 16, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Ain't nobody got no time for that!!!!!!!!
bob February 17, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Look ... It hurt ok waaa they came I didn't asks em to
bob February 17, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Oh laaaaaawd!!! Issa German shepherd!!!!
Gwen Gunther February 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Ahh....once again, the MEDIA takes the real story and twists it into something that readers are gonna REALLY get excited about!!.....typical incompetent journalism...pathetic...


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