They want to know if the dog is up to date on its rabies shots.
The Frederick County Health Department says a woman was bitten by an unleashed dog on Thursday night at 7:00 in Baker Park in Frederick. The incident occurred near the Bell Tower.
Animal Control describes the canine as 45-pound, Lab-type with short dark hair. Authorities want the owner to come forward and say whether the dog is up to date on its vaccinations, so the victim won't have to undergo post-exposure rabies vaccinations.
If you are the owner, or know who that person is, you can call the Health Department at 301-600-1717, or Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1544.
Rabies is a virus that affect mammals, including humans, and is spread by the saliva of an infected animal. Human cases can be fatal, if left untreated, according to health officials. The symptoms in animals are fear of water, limping, salivating, unusually friendly or aggressive behavior, and other unusual behaviors, such as nocturnal animals being out in the daytime.
"To protect your family from possible rabies exposure, do not touch or play with wild or stray animals and make sure your pets are currently vaccinated," says George Keller, Director of Environmental Health Services for the Frederick County Health Department, in a statement.