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Officials Cannot Rule if Dog That Bit 2 in Del. Was Rabid


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say test results on a dog that attacked a woman and her 12-year-old daughter could not determine if the animal had rabies.

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory said in an email Monday that the brain sample required for the rabies test could not be obtained. Wilmington police officers shot the un-neutered, 80-pound pit bull in the head and killed it on Oct. 8 after it chased the 12-year-old into the street.

A rabies test was found to be "indeterminate," health officials said.

Animal control officials say the 39-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter were attacked inside a home. Both were hospitalized with bites.

The dog's owner, Sulayman Elliott Jr. of Wilmington, was charged with failure to control a vicious animal.

DPH's Office of Animal Welfare recommends neutering as a way to reduce dog bites. “The majority of dog bites involve unneutered animals,” OAW Director Hetti Brown said. “Neutered dogs are less likely to develop aggression problems, preventing potential attacks.”

Other benefits of neutering and spaying include:

  • No more heat cycles for spayed females, and no urge for neutered males to roam to find a female in heat.
  • Elimination of unwanted litters, which means fewer homeless cats and dogs in shelters and outdoors.

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