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Local dog bite program gets teeth<BR>

   There are only about 200 dogs in Crook County - that is, according to the number of dog licenses issued. But even with that relatively few number of dogs, the county court has decided to update the Animal Bite Program.
   The program is not merely a county creation; it follows requirements set out in various ORS statutes and the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarian, Compendium of Animal Rabies Control (CARC). The goal of the program is to "assess the risk of rabies exposure in persons bitten or otherwise exposed to animal saliva, in order to recommend post-exposure rabies prophylaxis."
   According to one source, there are 4.7 million dog bites each year in the US, 800,000 considered serious. Obviously, a majority of dog owners take the dog bits seriously; that is proven by the fact that a website on the subject, www.dogbite law.com, gets hundreds of hits every day.
   In Crook County, a dog bite can become an expensive incident for the owner of the dog. All animal bites or scratches, according to the Animal Bite Program, that result in contact between saliva and torn skin must be reported to the county health department within 24-hours. When such a report is made, the animal is to be confined at the animal shelter at the expense of the owner. If the owner does not want to pay for confinement, the animal will be sacrificed and the cost of sacrificing will be passed on to the owner.
   The county's program spells out the correct procedure for confinement, quarantine, testing, and treatment of bite wounds. For more information, contact the county health department or the county court office at 447-655
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