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Health Department looking for dog after Artpark incident

by TSchmitt
Fri, Nov 18th 2011 05:02 pm

The county's Department of Health is hoping to locate the owner of a dog that attacked a woodchuck at Artpark, yet hasn't been tested for rabies.

According to Jack Landrigan, the associate supervising public health sanitarian for the county, a pair of fisherman reported that the dog tangled with a woodchuck on Thursday afternoon, then left the scene when its owner whistled for it.

Although there's no definite threat, the dog should be tested.

"It shouldn't be anything an owner should be afraid of," Landrigan said. "We just want to make sure if at all possible, that they call us. Knowing that this took place, we want to make that effort."

The dog was a golden retriever/lab type, according to a release, and because the woodchuck was not captured or tested for rabies, a threat exists for the dog and its family.

If anyone has info that would help the officials find the owner and the dog they're asked to call the Niagara County Health Department's Rabies Prevention Program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 439-7444 or after business hours at 439-7430.

If calling after business hours, please ask the dispatcher to contact the on-call Environmental Health Officer, who will return the call.


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