MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Dog Warden Jordan Bernard was recently nipped by a dog while he was examining it to see if it was neutered after a family had expressed interest in adopting him. The dog is now serving a 10-day quarantine.
Bernard explained that the bite was not serious, but since the skin was broken, and since it was not known if the dog has a current rabies shot, the dog had to be kept in quarantine for 10 days, and a veterinarian had to examine and re-evaluate him for behavioral issues.
The vet said the dog was probably just nervous and was otherwise fine. Bernard told the News the dog had never displayed any aggressive behavior toward the staff before.
The bite was only a small scratch on his thumb, Bernard said, but the shelter’s rules call for the quarantine and exam if the skin is broken.
The dog is due to complete the quarantine Jan. 19, but because that is Sunday and the Martin Luther King holiday is Monday, the dog will probably not be evaluated until Jan. 21.
Bernard said that, if there are no complications, the family who was interested in the dog will be contacted to see if they still want to adopt him.
The dog is a mixed breed, appearing to be part elkhound, and weighs about 30 pounds.
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