Two women who were bitten by a dog outside the state Capitol are taking different approaches to their bloody and painful injuries — one is getting rabies shots and the other is holding off on the expensive injections.
Meantime, Oklahoma City animal control officers have not been able to catch the dog or dogs responsible, although five cage traps, baited with food, have been set up.
“All I know is I don’t want the shots,” Jane Nolen, 61, of Edmond, said Wednesday.
Nolen, who works for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, said she and a friend were taking a walk for exercise Friday and weren’t alarmed when they saw dogs in the area.
“We just kept on walking and then a dog comes over real quick and bites the heck out of the back of my leg,” she said. “Then it turned around and ran off like a happy little camper.
“I bled on the side of my pants.”
She went to a doctor and got a tetanus shot, antibiotics and ointment and was told to clean it twice a day and elevate her leg. The wound is not deep, but there is bruising and she said it hurts.
Deidra Horan, 64, of Englewood, Colo., was bitten June 4 after four dogs charged her while she was visiting the Capitol grounds. She was bitten on the right buttock, and began a series of rabies shots when she returned home. She had several puncture wounds and extensive bruising.
It is rare for a person to get rabies from a stray dog in this country, but since the disease is fatal, a doctor may recommend the injections as a cautionary measure if the animal can’t be found.
The vaccination series can cost thousands of dollars.
Thousands of dog bites occur in Oklahoma City a year. There were 13 just on Wednesday, none near the Capitol, said Trace Lyons, an animal control supervisor.
Capitol security officials say that, until the recent incidents, there hadn’t been a problem with aggressive dogs in the area. Signs have been posted on Capitol exits urging people to exercise “extreme caution” because of the potential for aggressive dogs.
Two dogs have been trapped, but the women who were attacked said neither looks like the one that bit them. It’s not clear if the same animal bit both women.
Lyons said the dog or dogs responsible may have left the area.
“These dogs pick up on the sound of the animal control trucks and the faces of the officers,” he said. “If it is an unpleasant situation, they know not to go back there.”