The mother of a 10-year-old boy is looking for the owners of an off-leash dog that bit her son over the weekend at a local school.
Karley Howes says the incident happened Saturday evening just after 7:30 p.m. near the basketball court at St. Michael School.
She described the dog as a bigger black and white doodle-type dog.
"He was just playing basketball with a friend there at the basketball court," explained Howes. "We don't necessarily think the dog was mean. We think it was going for the ball that he was playing with and then maybe got his thigh by accident and then ran away real quickly. We weren't able to know if the owners actually saw it or not."
Howes notes they took her son Kayden to a local clinic the next day, where he was given antibiotics and a tetanus shot. He did not require stitches.
"He's actually doing really well, he's fine," she said. "He's more worried about the dog. He doesn't want anything bad to happen to the dog. He's not traumatized or anything. I think the rabies shots would be more traumatizing to him than anything."
Howes reiterated that their main concern is finding out the vaccination records of the dog so that Kayden doesn't have to get rabies shots.
"Because we don't know the dog, and we don't know the vaccination history, it's possible that he's going to have to go through the five rounds of rabies shots. That's all we care about because he doesn't like needles. If we can avoid that altogether, that's pretty much what we're going for. We don't want anything bad to happen to the dog or anything like that because we don't know if it really meant to do that or not."
Howes noted she did file a report with the Moose Jaw Police Service just to make sure that all of their bases were covered.
"If the owners do happen to hear this or see this, please just let us know so he doesn't have to get the shots. We really don't want anything bad to happen to the dog and we don't want people going after them or anything like that. On Facebook, things can kind of get out of control and we don't necessarily think that the owners are bad people or anything like that, accidents happen. If we can avoid Kayden getting shots that's pretty much our main concern right now," she concluded.
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