Incident Occurred on Hadley Mountain on Friday, June 8
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking information about the status of the rabies vaccination from the owner of a dog that bit a Hadley Mountain Fire Tower Steward on Friday, June 8.
DEC hopes to confirm the dog is up to date on rabies vaccination to prevent the young man who was bitten from being required to get the full cycle of rabies treatment.
The incident, in which the steward was bit on the ring finger, occurred late in the morning. The dog was a black Labrador retriever mix who was accompanying a group of two males and a female estimated to be in their late 20s and early 30s. Some or all of the members of the group possibly lived in the Town of Luzerne.
Immediately after being bitten the steward left the scene of the incident to administer first aid. When he returned the group had left. The next day he went to the hospital and was required to receive five shots to begin the rabies treatment cycle.
DEC asks that the owner of the dog please contact the DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook at 518-897-1300 and confirm whether the dog it is up to date on its rabies vaccination. This may prevent the young man from having to continue rabies treatment.