Pit bull that bit councilman's niece is found

June 06, 2000|By Jamie Smith Hopkins | Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF

The pit bull that bit a Baltimore city councilman's niece is in the hands of Baltimore County animal control workers.

Kenneth Harris Sr., who represents the city's 3rd District, said he received about 20 calls after posting a $1,000 reward for the dog over the weekend.

A call from the company that manages the residential community where the bite occurred helped Harris find the dog's owner.

Harris' 6-year-old niece, De'jaLee, was bitten by a light-brown pit bull Saturday while running through a playground in her grandmother's Rosedale neighborhood in eastern Baltimore County. Her family feared she would need shots to vaccinate her against rabies; the disease is usually fatal. She would have had to undergo the vaccination as a precaution if the dog were not found.

Harris said the family is overjoyed that a tip led them to the pit bull's owner and is hopeful that the dog gets a clean bill of health - which would make the rabies vaccination unnecessary.

Animal control will quarantine the dog for 10 days, observing it for signs of rabies, said Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey.

"I'm exhausted and relieved," Harris said. "I'm very thankful to the many concerned citizens who called."

An employee of Regional Management Inc., which manages Garden Village, where De'ja's grandmother lives, helped track the dog's owner.

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