Archbold, OH

No Charges Filed After Dog Bite

The owner of a dog that bit a man, Wednesday, March 6, will not face criminal charges.

The Archbold police report states William J. Whitten, 41, Wauseon, was bitten by a dog at a home in the 300 block of North Street about 4:15 pm.

He required stitches at the Fulton County Health Center for what the report described as a severe laceration.

Brian Banister, Fulton County dog warden, said in any dog bite case, whether the dog was provoked or not, the dog must be quarantined for 10 days to determine if the animal has rabies.

“Rabies is fatal in humans, and there is no treatment. The State (of Ohio) takes it very seriously,” he said.

“The incubation period for rabies is three to five days. The state doubles that.”

He noted the last time a Fulton County dog tested positive for rabies was sometime in the 1930s, but the quarantine requirement is a state law.

Banister said whether or not charges are filed are determined on a case-by-case basis.

In the Archbold incident, Banister said Whitten was an invited guest in the home, and the dog was licensed.

The owner agreed to surrender the dog to the dog warden, and Whitten did not wish to file charges.

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