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Marathon County Health Department looking for dog Submitted: 07/12/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


Photos By Shardaa Gray

WESTON - The Marathon County Health Department wants your help finding a dog that bit a woman Thursday morning.

It happened near the intersection of County Road J and the Mountain Bay Trail.

The dog is a black and brown German Sheperd wearing a dark collar.

If you have seen the dog or know who the owner is, contact the Marathon County Health at 715-261-1908.

If you have been bitten by a dog, report it immediately.

"When a person is bit by a dog, there's a few risk that are there. One of themů dog, cat, any wild animal too," said Environmental and Health Safety Director, Dayle Grosskurth.

"One of the risk is rabies, contracting rabies. Another one is infection. And of course when there's any bite, there's an injury."

Grosskurth says you can most likely tell if a dog is threatened or scared.

The one thing you DON'T want to do is challenge the dog.

"One of the things people think is if you show yourself to be more dominant or stronger than the dog by staring it down in the eyes, that's going to do that," Grosskurth said.

"In affect what you're doing is challenging the dog. And if the dog is aggressive or is feeling scared or threatened, you've just elevated the chance that you could get a bite."

The best thing to do is not run and speak firmly and calmly.

If you're on a bicycle, drop the bike and back away slowly.


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