A dog that bit a City of Tonawanda police officer has been released from quarantine and does not have rabies, Capt. Fred Foels said Wednesday.
The German shepherd has been returned to its owners, who live on Fletcher Street, and the officer who was bit will not need further treatment.
The dog, which did not have its rabies shot, bit officer Joseph Rank II on July 12, after he had responded to call regarding a loose dog. By the time the officer reported to the area, near Bouck Street and Hill Street, two children were in possession of the 1-year-old dog.
“As he was speaking to the boys about what happened, the dog made a leap and bit him in the hand. The officer stepped back, and the dog lunged again and bit him in the upper thigh,” Foels said.
Rank, one of the department’s newest officers, was taken the hospital and treated for puncture wounds. He also received a tetanus shot and was advised to follow up with his physician.
The department’s animal control officers were called and placed the dog in a 10-day quarantine. State laws require that dogs without the vaccination who have bit a person be placed in the quarantine. A rabies-infected animal can only transmit the disease after clinical signs have developed.
Dogs that live past the 10 days or do not exhibit signs of the disease were likely not spreading the disease at the time of the bite.