Dog in attack on 2 had been vaccinated

State officials say a dog that bit a mother and daughter in Wilmington last week had been vaccinated against rabies.

Officials had said last week they could not determine if the dog had rabies because it was shot in the head by Wilmington police officers in order to stop the attack. Brain tissue is needed to conduct the rabies testing.

The attack happened Oct. 6 at 10th and Bennett streets, and the animal was described then as a pit bull or pit-bull mix.

The dog’s owner, Sulayman Elliott Jr., has been charged with failure to control a vicious animal and having an unlicensed dog.

In a news release Monday, health officials said the dog weighed 80 pounds and was an unneutered male with blue body color and white feet. The Division of Public Health said any other bite victims should discuss rabies treatment with their health care provider.

“Because the dog was typically housed indoors, the likelihood of previous attacks is low,” said Heidi Truschel of the division.

via Dog in attack on 2 had been vaccinated.


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