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Postby BigDogBuford » August 19th, 2008, 1:04 pm

So, my boss called Animal Control to figure out if we needed to file a separate report for the dog bite. They told him that because the dog is already gone and that we are a boarding facility there is nothing they can do.

WTF???

So who keeps track of these things? What happens if this dog seriously injures someone and there's no documentation with the owners/dogs names anywhere? Couldn't the owners just say they didn't know the dog was dangerous? I'm very frustrated and not sure where to go from here.

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Postby mnp13 » August 19th, 2008, 1:34 pm

In New York, reporting bites is mandatory by law. (Not that I follow that one.) It's not in Washington?
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Postby BigDogBuford » August 19th, 2008, 1:44 pm

mnp13 wrote:In New York, reporting bites is mandatory by law. (Not that I follow that one.) It's not in Washington?


AC basically isn't helping me. They said it's different because we're a boarding facility. :|
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Postby airwalk » August 19th, 2008, 3:26 pm

I don't know about Washington law..but in Oregon a bite is a bite is a bite is a bite, doesn't matter where it occurs.

I would call them and tell them you wish to file a bite report. Make them take a report - advise them where the dog is currently being housed for confinement and observation - and advise them you wish to know if the dog successfully completes rabies observation.
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Postby airwalk » August 19th, 2008, 3:27 pm

mnp13 wrote:In New York, reporting bites is mandatory by law. (Not that I follow that one.) It's not in Washington?


nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah I hear nothing *where's the icon for fingers in the ears*
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Postby Marinepits » August 19th, 2008, 4:01 pm

airwalk wrote:I don't know about Washington law..but in Oregon a bite is a bite is a bite is a bite, doesn't matter where it occurs.


Same here.

If AC won't take a report, go to your local PD and see if you can file one there.
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Postby Marinepits » August 19th, 2008, 4:02 pm

btw How is your arm?
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Postby BigDogBuford » August 19th, 2008, 4:08 pm

Ok, I'll try AC first. My arm feels tons better!
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Postby mnp13 » August 19th, 2008, 4:43 pm

airwalk wrote:
mnp13 wrote:In New York, reporting bites is mandatory by law. (Not that I follow that one.) It's not in Washington?


nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah I hear nothing *where's the icon for fingers in the ears*


:|

I'd never report a bite that I sustained in training, but by the letter of the law, I should. The risk of training in bite work is getting bitten. lol
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Postby airwalk » August 19th, 2008, 4:45 pm

Shhhh don't tell anyone, but when one of the staff dogs got me the other day (one should move ones hand faster when handing out hot dog treats to a whole gaggle of dogs all trying to do tricks for one) I didn't report it.

I figure as long as I see her every day and I don't start rubbing my butt on the floor like she was..I was probably okay - but shhhhh don't tell anyone.
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Postby Marinepits » August 19th, 2008, 4:46 pm

LMAO
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Postby airwalk » August 19th, 2008, 4:48 pm

Now no laughing...me rubbing my butt on the floor would have not been pretty :D
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Postby BigDogBuford » August 19th, 2008, 4:49 pm

Yeah, I figure the chances of getting bitten are higher if you work with dogs. I just feel that this particular dog really is a potentially dangerous dog.
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Postby airwalk » August 19th, 2008, 4:53 pm

We too figure that working with strays every day, our likelihood of being bitten is higher than the average person...but that doesn't change the law.

We file a bite report every time a dog in our care bites - staff or anyone else..so I'm not quite sure why they feel a boarding facility is somehow different.
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Postby mnp13 » August 19th, 2008, 9:36 pm

BigDogBuford wrote:Yeah, I figure the chances of getting bitten are higher if you work with dogs. I just feel that this particular dog really is a potentially dangerous dog.


the risks are definately higher, but I do bitework as a hobby and it is up to me to keep myself safe. There is a certian risk involved with animal professions, but you should still be able to report it if you feel it is necessary... and it does sound necessary in this case.
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Postby Jenny » August 21st, 2008, 6:32 pm

BigDogBuford wrote:Yeah, I figure the chances of getting bitten are higher if you work with dogs. I just feel that this particular dog really is a potentially dangerous dog.


The local Health Department is usually involved in dog bite incidents here in NY... could be the same in WA... call your local Health Dept and ask them ?
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Postby BigDogBuford » October 17th, 2008, 7:57 pm

UPDATE

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Well I wanted to update everyone on this. The dogs' owner came by my work to give me a care basket of stuff. All fine and dandy until she proceeds to tell me that Thor just got his CGC and she's starting therapy dog training with him.

Are. You. Flucking. Kidding. Me? :eek1:

So I've been in contact with the Delta Society and it seems if there is a bite history on the dog then they can refuse him, no questions asked. I called AC yet AGAIN today and finally got a supervisor that's PI$$ED the report didn't get taken in the first place. We're meeting on Monday to get everything documented (including hospital stuff and photos). He said that given the circumstances there definitely needs to be a file on this dog. Oh! And he's a pit bull owner and loves them! :mrgreen:
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Postby mnp13 » October 17th, 2008, 8:37 pm

NICE!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » October 17th, 2008, 8:46 pm

Good for you for being persistent!

How'd you heal?
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Postby BigDogBuford » October 17th, 2008, 9:05 pm

pitbullmamaliz wrote:Good for you for being persistent!

How'd you heal?



Ok. I've got minor nerve damage in my hand but they said it will probably keep healing but it may take a long time.
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