Child had to have rabies shots

2-year-old Summer bitten by stray

By ALLEN MINCEY allen.mincey@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 6/18/17

She still smiles and runs around like a normal 2-year-old, but looking at her face, it is easy to see a scar above her right eye that is slowly healing.

In fact, Summer Rayn Wallace is nearly …

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Child had to have rabies shots

2-year-old Summer bitten by stray

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She still smiles and runs around like a normal 2-year-old, but looking at her face, it is easy to see a scar above her right eye that is slowly healing.

In fact, Summer Rayn Wallace is nearly finished with rabies vaccinations she must take because it is not known if the stray dog was infected. Now, she is not only afraid of needles, but also of larger dogs

Her great-grandmother said she learned quite a bit as the family attempted to see if Summer needed the rabies shots.

“I was told (Summer) needed to go to the hospital, the sheriff’s department was to be called, then get the report and send it to the (Bradley County) Health Department,” said Shirley Beard. “I was still told that I needed the sheriff’s department to come and look at the dog.

She said the person she spoke with at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office told her she needed to call animal control. However, she found out by calling them they only worked within the city, and could not come out into the county, and she was then advised to call the SPCA.”

However, Beard saidshe could get no one to answer at the local chapter.

“I was told to call a vet, and they could cut the dog’s head off and send it to UTC to check for rabies,” she said.

However, it needed to be done in a timely manner and the family was more concerned on getting the dog off Summer and making it so it would not attack anyone else. Thus, they killed the dog, and it was three days later and the dog had not been checked yet.

She was told she had not called quick enough for the dog’s blood to be checked.

Beard said attempts to locate the dog’s owners proved futile, and since the dog could not be analyzed, Summer had to take a series of four shots.

She said if she had contacted the health department first, it might have made a difference, but she did not know that would be an appropriate first step.

“I think there are many in our community who would not know what to do,” she said.

She appreciated the help she received, but she does have some ideas.

“I think it would be good for the SPCA to have an answering machine or a night number for calls,” she said. “I think it would also be good for our county commissioners and city (Council members) to get together and come up with a plan for how to receive information when something like this happens.”

Beard also said people need to be in better control of their pets so they do not attack anyone like Summer in the future.

She said that killing the animal seemed to be the only way to keep it from attacking someone else there.

Beard said as the dog was bring removed from the child, it was looking at biting those trying to get them separated.

“We just didn’t know what to do after it was killed,” she said. “We were so scared of how Summer was doing to even think of that.”

The little girl is on the last of her shots, and has begun not to fear them as much as she did with the first treatment. Rather than the shots being administered in her stomach, she was getting them in her leg.

“She is doing OK now, and she still likes little dogs, but is afraid of the bigger dogs,” Beard said. “She still doesn’t like the shots, but we tell her that they are almost over and she doesn’t cry as much as she did at first.”

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