MADISON — A 10-year-old boy had to have received 10 stitches to his face after he was bitten by his family’s dog while camping at Camp Abnaki.

Animal control officer Pam Graf said the child entered his family’s camper Saturday evening and possibly startled the dog, which then bit him.

Graf said she interviewed the boy and he “was a trouper” who calmly told her what happened. She said it is not uncommon for her to be called to an incident where someone was bitten after startling an animal.

Graf said the doctor who treated the boy contacted her, as required by law when treating a dog bite. Because the bite broke the skin, the animal is being quarantined for 10 days to see if it has any diseases. Graf said the animal is up to date on all its vaccines. 

Graf said pet owners should have their pets vaccinated because reported incidents of rabies are on the rise in Maine.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252
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