Eugene mom searches for dog that bit her son
EUGENE, Ore. - A local Eugene parent is on the look out for the dog that bit her son.
Jacqui Morris, a Eugene resident whose son was bitten by a dog recently, recounted her story with us.
While walking to get her kids from a neighborhood park on Sunday, August 6 , Morris was met half way by her son, whose leg was covered in blood.
Her son was bitten by a black Great Dane at the Waldorf School playground in South Eugene.
When Morris got to the park, the dog and its owner were gone.
Morris says that after emergency room visits and talking with heath officials, the question of whether the dog is healthy looms over her and her family.
"What I am really hoping for is the owners of these dogs will come forward to let us know that the dog is either vaccinated or healthy," said Morris.
Lane County Public Health says they have their own system for determining how to respond to animal bites, the first is to look at whether there are cases of rabies in Oregon.
Public Health officials say there have been no reports of domestic dogs testing positive for rabies in Lane County, but bats are known to carry rabies in the area.
"The next thing is to figure out the circumstance surrounding the bite," said Cindy Morgan, with Lane County Public Health. "Was it provoked, or unprovoked? If the animal is available, then they check to see if the animal is up on their vaccinations."
Morgan tells us that every effort is made following a dog bite to find the animal and determine whether or not it is healthy.
Waldorf Elementary Spokesperson Valerie Perrot says that when school is out of session, their playground turns into a public park for everyone.
When looking for an animal following an incident such as this, the City of Eugene Animal Services considers a dog at large when it is off of a leash, and off of the owner's property, unless at a designated dog park.
Morris says her son is healing, but she hopes the owner of the dog will come forward.
Lane County Public Health says that even if your own animal bites you, it is important to get medical attention because you can catch more than rabies from an animal bite.