The Frederick County Health Department is trying to find the owner of a dog that bit a man Saturday afternoon in Frederick.

The man was bitten at Rosedale Park at around 2 p.m. while he was sitting under a tree, according to a news release. The dog jumped on the man and bit him, according to the release.

The dog was a brown, pit bull-type dog, according to the release. The man who was bitten did not see anyone with the dog at the time.

Anyone with information about the dog or its owner is asked to call authorities so the man can avoid potentially unnecessary and expensive post-exposure rabies vaccinations, according to the release.

If the animal is determined to be in good health 10 days after the bite, the man will not need the vaccinations.

The owner, or anyone with information, should call Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1544.

(11) comments

DickD

This is very bad if the dog is not found and tested for rabies. A question of why the dog is allowed to run lose, in spite of leash laws. The owner should be charged and fined at least $1,000.

sevenstones1000

Pit bull. What a surprise.

gabrielshorn2013

Any dog handler worth their salt will tell you that it's all in how the dogs are trained and treated seven. Our pits are rescues from Frederick Animal Control (Linda Shea has gotten to know us whenever we come in, and asks about our adoptees). We use training and behavior modification to extinguish those undesirable behaviors. They are some of the most lovable dogs you could ever imagine. Treat them well, and with kindness, and they will do the same to you.

Skeetpea

Yes, let's just ignore statistics, genetics and the fact that the pit bull breed is one of the most overbred breeds out there. No care or thought regarding temperament goes into breeding these dogs -- just as long as it has a red or blue nose (because we all know one of those features is worth more money in a breeder’s pocket than just your typical brown nose pit). Believe me, you are not doing the breed any justice by simply stating that it’s all in how you train/treat them.

gabrielshorn2013

And you have worked with these dogs for how long? Would that be, uh...never? You do know that all dogs have the same genes, right? What you are seeing is phenotypic expression. A golden lab may be trained to be a viscous killer, and a pit to be the sweetest lap dog. Ours are a prime example that nurture plays much more of a role in behavior than nature. To look in human terms, if your parents are violent murderers, but you were put up for adoption at birth and given to a good nurturing family, are you destined to be a murderer, nomatter what? Oh heck no! Yes there are a lot of pits now in animal shelters, because of prejudice against the breed. People cannot rent houses or apartments if they have one. So they get dumped in shelters.

gabrielshorn2013

BTW Skeetpea, do some research and show us the genetic sequence that defines a "pit bull" and get back to us. Good luck with that.

Skeetpea

You’re confusing reality with breed bias. I have no bias against pit bulls. I do, however, have an issue with owners such as yourself who try to convince people that a breed, one that in 2018 was responsible for 26 fatal attacks on humans, is nothing more than a product of its environment; just a big old misunderstood marshmallow of a pet. Pit bull ownership comes with great responsibilities and understanding as to breed traits, as well as recognition that there is *gasp* an issue with this breed. There are too many pit bull owners that own them for all the wrong reasons one of which is, by golly, they’re going to, come h*ll or high water prove everyone wrong which puts them in a position of setting their dogs up for failure. You cannot ignore statistics and though they can be managed, you cannot “love” breed traits out of any dog. To do so, does the breed no justice. So, what are “you” doing to effect change within the breed and promote anti-bias other than to tell everyone else they’re just plain wrong and you’re right?

gabrielshorn2013

Skeetpea, I have already told you about what I have successfully done. Knowing how to train any dog is key. Yes, some breeds have a disposition for certain behaviors. Border collies herd, beagles ground scent rabbits, and so on, and some protect their families (canine or human). However, aggression can be extinguished if properly trained. Our dogs are highly trained, and would be at the UDX level (as our Dalmatians were) if they were AKC registered (they can't be, because they were pound puppies, without known lineage). Many people should not own dogs...period. They, like kids, are a big responsibility requiring a lot of work. Would you be surprised to learn that the top three aggressive dog breeds are the Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, and Dalmatian? Yes, Dalmatian...you know, the dog in the movies that everyone had to have? The number one bite? Chihuahua. Number 6? Lhasa Apso. Number 8? Cocker Spaniel! Please read the ASPCA says about this issue:

https://www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-policy-and-position-statements/position-statement-pit-bulls

Have you found that genetic sequence for pit bulls yet?

kirk1212

Been around pitbulls my whole life never saw them attack anybody nor have i been attackd

Intrepidsxt

In the US a pit bull kills a person an average of once every 13 days. They are weapons that can pull their own trigger.

C.D.Reid

More like every 16.6 days (dogsbite.org) but that’s still unacceptable.

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