After dog bites at Oklahoma state Capitol, security officials set cage traps, put up warning signs

Oklahoma City animal control officers have not been able to catch the dog or dogs responsible for biting two women at the Oklahoma state Capitol.
by Rick Green Published: June 18, 2014
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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.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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