BATAVIA — The Genesee County Health Department said today that it is seeking information about the location of a dog and its owners after a dog bite incident around noon July 17 at Home Depot, 4181 Veterans Memorial Dr.
The dog is described as a small black dog on a leash. The dog’s owners were described as a male and female, about 40 years old or younger.
“The employee was near register No. 2 and asked the owners if they could pet their dog. The owners said ‘Yes,’ and the dog then bit the employee on their right hand. The owners were aware that the dog had bit the employee and asked if they were OK,” the county Health Department said. “The employee indicated that they were OK so the owners and dog proceeded to leave the store.”
It is important to locate the dog to determine whether it is current on its rabies shot, health officials said. If the health status is not identified, post-exposure rabies shots will be offered to the victim.
If you have information about the location of the dog and its owner, please contact the Genesee County Health Department at (585) 344-2580 ext. 5555.
“It is important to remember that dogs may act protective in unknown places and situations, so ‘Love your own … leave the rest alone,’” the department said. “All wild and unknown animals, even dogs and cats, should be avoided whenever possible since the possibility of exposure to rabies can occur anywhere and anytime.”