BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - With an assist from local police, a Bronxville family has been able to track down the owners of a dog that bit their 16-month-old son in an effort check its vaccination records.
Shortly after noon last Sunday, the family was walking near the Starbucks on Park Place when the toddler approached a dog tied to a light post when the pup got over excited and tackled him, biting his chin, puncturing the skin.
The panicked parents subsequently rushed their child to nearby Lawrence Hospital, where he was treated. Doctors warned that they have a 10-day window to ensure that the dog is properly vaccinated, otherwise their son may have to get a series of precautionary shots.
On Wednesday, the police department disseminated stills to the community from a surveillance video taken near Starbucks that revealed the dog and owners in question.
After a few hours, Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale announced that the dog has been identified, and they are in the process of verifying the vaccination records to determine whether the toddler needs rabies shots. Satriale noted that the dog’s owners were not aware that he bit the child, and will not face any charges for the incident.