PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT:
A woman and her dog were attacked and bitten by two dogs at approximately 6:10 pm on Monday, January 27, 2020, while walking on Cramer Avenue in Walkersville. The attack occurred while the woman was leash-walking her dog and the two dogs came running toward her from the direction of Sandstone Drive. The biting dogs are described as being about 30lbs-40lbs, with short hair, long legs, slender build and longer snouts; one was charcoal grey and the other was brown/tan. Witnesses reported that the dogs were wearing collars with tags. After the attack, the dogs ran off.
The Frederick County Health Department is requesting that the owner, or anyone who has information regarding the biting animals, contact Frederick County Animal Control (FCAC) so the victim may avoid receiving unnecessary and expensive post-exposure rabies vaccinations. Contact is needed to confirm the animals’ health and whereabouts. The animals will be quarantined, which can occur in the owner’s home, for 10 days to monitor their health. If both animals are verified to be in good health 10 days after the bite, the victim will not need to receive the series of post-exposure rabies vaccinations, and the animals will be allowed to resume normal activity. The owner or anyone who has information about the animal is asked to contact Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1544.
If you or someone in your family is bitten or scratched by a dog or cat, obtain contact information from the animal’s owner so that appropriate action can be taken. Report bites to Animal Control at 301-600-1544. Report possible human exposure to Community Health Services at 301-600-1733. For general rabies questions call Environmental Health Services at 301-600-1717. Visit health.frederickcountymd.gov/RABIES for more information.