The Frederick County Health Department is looking for the owner of a large, gray pit bull or boxer-like dog after the dog allegedly bit a woman on Thursday.

The dog bit the woman around 12:30 p.m. as the woman was trying to stop a fight between her dog and the gray dog, according to a press release from the Frederick County Health Department.

The gray dog was wearing two red collars and was accompanied by a woman described as Hispanic, in her mid-30s and of average height, according to the release.

This is the second reported dog bite at Ballenger Creek Dog Park in the past three weeks after Frederick resident Mike Pagliaro was bitten during a fight between his Bichon Frise, Daisy, and two other dogs.

It is concerning that there have been two dog bites at the same dog park, said Sgt. Dave Luckenbaugh, with Frederick County Animal Control.

“Anytime that a person is bitten is always a concern no matter the circumstances,” he said.

Dogfights do happen at dog parks, said Alicia Evangelista, program manager for community services and environmental health at the health department. Bites can happen when the owners try to break up the fights.

As the weather continues to stay nice, more people might venture out to the dog parks, she said. If there are a lot of dogs at the park, owners might want to wait for it to calm down. They also want to make sure that dogs are in the right size area, Evangelista said.

If a bite happens, people should get the other owner’s information. The health department and Animal Control need the information so they can make sure the dog is in good health, helping the bitten person avoid post-exposure rabies vaccinations.

No owners have come forward in either of the biting cases, Evangelista said.

Anyone with more information, or the owner of the gray dog, can contact Frederick County Animal Control. If the gray dog is shown to be in good health after 10 days, the bitten woman may be able to forgo post-exposure rabies vaccinations, an expensive process that can be painful.

People can contact Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1544.

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at

(5) comments

Greg F

Getting in the middle of two fighting dogs is never a good idea. Taking pepper spray is probably a better way to break things up...and a dog whistle to distract them doesn't hurt either.


There has to be more accountability. Cameras?


As I stated before, (which got deleted), I’m pretty sure the dog’s owner is not an FNP reader.

Greg F

We can see why it got deleted....assuming brown people can't read...way to be a racist AZZ.


Dog parks a lawsuits waiting to happen.

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