August 20, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and 800,000 require medical treatment.
Two women suffered such injuries in Oxford, Connecticut, last week when their neighbor's two-year-old dog escaped and attacked them. According to the Republican-American, the incident occurred Friday around 6:00 p.m., near the intersection of Christina Drive and Good Hill Road.
Reports indicate that the 37-year-old female victim was walking near her home when the animal escaped from its home, crossed the street, and attacked her. The dog bit the woman repeatedly, leaving deep punctures and lacerations scattered across the woman's arms and legs.
The victim's friend and neighbor came running to the scene to offer assistance moments after the owner of the dog got the animal under control, but the dog broke free again and attacked the other woman as well. Both women were taken to the hospital to have their wounds treated and doctors say they will both likely need plastic surgery.
The dog has been quarantined for 14 days and its owner was cited for having an expired rabies certificate, two counts of having a nuisance animal, and two counts of allowing a dog to roam.