Dog That Bit Local Police Officer Quarantined

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

CRAWFORD (September 17, 2013)--A dog that bit a Crawford police officer was in quarantine Tuesday after authorities determined the animal did not have an up-to-date rabies vaccination.

Crawford police Chief Clay Bruton said the dog was taken to the Waco Humane Society for observation.

The officer caught the dog running at large Monday evening and was trying to pen the animal in a cage at the police department until the owner could be located when he was bitten.

The officer, who was not named, was taken by a Crawford EMS volunteer to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for treatment of a dog bite on the left arm, but Bruton said he expected the officer to be back on duty Tuesday or Wednesday.

The dog must be quarantined for 10 days to see if it exhibits any signs of rabies, Bruton said.

Police tracked down the dog's owner and learned the dog did not have an up-to-date rabies vaccination so the quarantine was mandatory, Bruton said.

If after 10 days the dog shows no signs of the disease, the owner can go to the shelter, pay his fines and boarding costs and take the dog home, Bruton said.

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