Being bitten by an animal leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and you may be worried about what will happen to you or your loved one next. Will you suffer from diseases? Will you need surgery to repair your injuries? It’s important to seek medical treatment, but it’s equally as important to make sure you are compensated for your injuries. In this case from April 14, a woman bitten by a police K-9 in training had to seek medical attention for her wounds.
In New Hampshire, the story of one woman’s dog-bite injuries is interesting, because it involves a K-9 being trained to replace a police dog who was retiring due to cancer. The dog in training bit the victim, a woman in the county complex, but there was no information on why the dog attacked. Following the incident, the dog was placed in quarantine at the vendor’s facility for 10 days, and it was evaluated by the veterinary clinic. It allegedly showed no sign of disease, which was good for the victim.
Now, the K-9 has been turned back over to the vendor and will have to be reassigned. Initially, the dog was supposed to be trained and certified for drug tracking and detection. She had been provided through a grant by the Working Dog Foundation of New Hampshire.
The victim in this case was in some ways fortunate that the dog was a working dog, so it was up to date on its shots. However, the woman still had to seek medical treatment, although the report did not say how severe her injuries were. The sheriff’s office has paid for her medical bills, and the sheriff has reported that he is looking for reimbursement from the county’s insurance carrier.
Source: The Conway Daily Sun, “Sheriff K-9 that bit woman has been returned” No author given, Apr. 14, 2014