Bitten boy mending
Ian McInroy The Barrie ExaminerSean Pelchat, 6, shows where he was bitten on Sunday by a three-legged doberman near his east end home. His parents are hoping the dog's owner comes forward with information about its vaccinations.sept302010
Sean Pelchat won't have to endure treatment for rabies after all.
The six-year-old was the victim of a vicious dog attack on Sept. 26 near his Dunsmore Lane home in the city's east end.
He was hospitalized for two bite marks on his right leg and smaller puncture wounds, and was put on antibiotics.
But his parents were very concerned the doberman involved in the incident might be infected with rabies.
And until the dog's owners came forward to confirm it was rabies-free, the threat of the young lad going through treatment loomed.
Until Monday night, that is. That's when Kevin Pelchat
received "some fantastic information" that helped put his mind at ease.
"The animal was found late last night," he said Tuesday afternoon. "It was a huge weight taken off our shoulders. Locating the dog was 99% of the problem."
Pelchat said the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit was quick to react.
"They had an on-site visit with the dog today (Tuesday). Health officials have confirmed his lack of rabies infection, both based on his demeanor 11 days after the bite, and the confirmation of his rabies vaccination through his veterinarian," a relieved Pelchat said.
The dog was from Innisfil and the information given to police came from an anonymous source, Pelchat said.
"We don't know who contacted police with the information. They were a good citizen, clearly," Pelchat said.
His son, now off the antibiotics prescribed by doctors after the attack, is feeling better about getting closer to a canine.
"Sean still wants to be close to dogs. His big concern was that he wouldn't be allowed to pet dogs again."