Rabid groundhog bites Pikesville boy Mother says 'it was horrendous' BALTIMORE COUNTY

August 06, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

A 4-year-old boy is undergoing treatment for rabies after he was bitten by a rabid groundhog in the front yard of his Pikesville home Wednesday morning.

Evan Pachino was walking his dog in the driveway of his home in the 4800 block of Hawksbury Road at 10:30 a.m. when he was attacked by the groundhog, his mother, Cynthia Pachino, said.

"I was watching out the door and I saw Evan walking up the driveway with the dog and then this animal came running across the yard, and it just lunged at Evan," she said.

The animal, which was later identified as a groundhog, bit the dog and then latched itself onto the little boy's upper right thigh, Mrs. Pachino said.

"It was horrendous," she said. "I ran out the door and grabbed Evan by the arms and started to swing him around in the air in a circle to get the animal to let go of his leg."

After a few seconds, the animal let go of the boy but continued to attack Mrs. Pachino and her son, she said. "After it let go of his leg, it landed on the ground on his back and then just got back up and came after us again," she said.

"It was chasing us and we kept going around in this little circle."

A construction worker working on a roof of a neighboring house heard the commotion and kicked the groundhog to get it away from Mrs. Pachino and her son.

"He had steel toes on his boots and he sent that animal flying about 15 feet into the street," she said. "It was stunned, but got back up, and the roofer picked up a trash can and somehow forced the animal into it with the lid."

She called county animal control officials, who picked up the animal and had it tested for rabies.

She said officials later told her the groundhog was rabid.

Mrs. Pachino's older son, Erik, 7, also has to have rabies shots because he touched the dog that was bitten, and he has open cuts on his hand.

"I dream about this at night now," she said. "About animals charging at us. I mean, this is suburbia, in our front yard, in broad daylight. This has been a nightmare."

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