Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Student bit by dog; Police requesting public help

By Andrea VanValkenburg, Press-Republican

A high-school student was bit by a dog Monday afternoon, and police are now searching for the animal's owners.

Saranac Lake Village Police said the student was jogging in a wooded area on school property at about 3:40 p.m. when the dog bit him on the leg.

Police said the dog, described as a multi-colored "pit-bull type," was leashed and being walked by two women in their late 20s to late 30s.

The teen was running during a cross-country team practice when he came upon the women and dog walking, police said.

He was bit as they passed and suffered a gash to his leg.

The teen was later treated at a local hospital and is recovering, police said.

But authorities are now concerned whether the dog was immunized and hope the public can help them track down the owners to determine whether the teen must undergo treatment for possible rabies exposure.

The women reportedly apologized for the incident but left the area without giving their names or the dog's health status.

Authorities canvassed the area for the two women, who were wearing winter hats but were unable to locate them.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact Village Police at 891-4422.

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