Mans best friend doesn't always act his best in public.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs a year. 800-thousand of those people seek medical attention, almost half of those go to the emergency room.
For 13 year old Nick Deutscher of Sioux Falls, a walk in the park is no walk in the park. Not right now. He's still a little gun shy at the thought of seeing a dog not on a leash.
Last Wednesday he was riding bikes with his buddies at Lions Centennial Park when he saw a man and a woman with two big, husky type dogs running loose. Nick's mom Maureen says, "he was riding by and the woman said watch out and he got bit in the ankle. It took a chunk out of his ankle. He immediately rode home. Within minutes we were back at the park and the owners and the dogs were gone. We circled a couple of times and went to Acute Care. They dressed his wound, got a Tetanus shot and anti-biotics."
Then the waiting game started. If the owners didn't come forward in 10 days with the dog's medical history, the Deutschers would have to decide if they wanted to start Nick on the rabies vaccine. Peace of mind prevailed. They started Tuesday. A rabies shot in the arm and 2 imuno-globulin shots in the hip. He'll get a total of 9 shots over 28 days.
Maureen says "the one in the arm didn't hurt but the imuno-globulin did hurt. I think he had some discomfort a little bit of a fever we used ice packs. When it's your child you have to go with what's best for your child."
If the owners came forward tomorrow, the Deutschers could stop the rabies shots. If they don't, he'll keep at them.