GREENWICH CT - AN "UNNAMED BREED" OF DOG SAID TO BE A "MIXED BREED CANINE" JUMPED IN A CAR WITH A WOMAN AND HER MALTESE AND ITS CALLED A "DOG FIGHT" !!!
Police officers and one of the town’s animal-control officers responded to an unusual call on the afternoon of Oct. 30 — a dog fight inside a vehicle. A woman was bit trying to separate the two animals and received medical treatment.
“It was a tumultuous dog fight,” said Lt. Kraig Gray.
A woman who owned a Maltese was in the vehicle with the dog on John Street when the other dog, described as a mixed-breed canine, jumped in and began fighting with the other animal.
The woman was bitten near her knee and later went to the emergency room for treatment.
Greenwich Animal Control Officer Suzanne Carlin said law enforcement takes the issue of dog bites seriously. Some 24 cases of dog bites have been recorded this year in Greenwich, a typical amount.
“We think there are many more that aren’t reported,” she said.
Following state law, an animal who bites a human must be placed in quarantine and observed for 14 days to determine if it is contaminated with rabies, regardless of vaccination status.
“We’re a little more strict in Connecticut than other states,” Carlin said.
If the dog bite occurs in the dog’s home, it may be quarantined in the residence. Otherwise it must be placed at a certified shelter or vet’s office.
“We’re watching for symptoms and signs of an animal that they may have rabies,” Carlin said. “They include disorientation, biting themselves, lethargy, salivating.”
Carlin said it was advisable to seek medical treatment after a dog bite. “It’s not just rabies. Get a tetanus shot, for your health,” she said.
Halloween is often a date on which dog-bites spike, but none were reported in Greenwich this year.
As to dog fights, Carlin said it was possible to break them up by startling the animals with noise.
“Re-direct their attention with a loud noise,” she said, such as grabbing a piece of metal and hitting it on a hard surface.
While vaccinations have substantially cut down on the spread of rabies in pets, bats, raccoons, skunks and fox are reservoirs for the virus and a source of potential infection for other animals and people, she said.