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10/9 Letter to the Editor: Thank you to helped young boy after being bitten by dog

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To the editor:

I would like to thank all of the medical and security staff, as well as the dog warden, at the West Point Crab Carnival both on Friday evening and Saturday. My 7 year-old was bitten by a dog Friday evening that someone brought to the Crab Carnival — against policy — and allowed my son to pet it next to the playground.  The bite was on the hand and did not require stitches, though it did require an emergency room visit, antibiotics and a tetanus shot — so far.  The dog was not up-to-date on its rabies vaccine, so whether treatment for rabies will be needed is yet to be seen. 

Having a mother who is, well a mother, and a father who is former military police, EMT, fireman, hovering while you did your jobs helping our child on Friday evening, I can attest to the fact that you were ALL extremely professional, informative, helpful, and patient, and on top of all of that, great with kids.

A special thank you to Town Manager John Edwards and Police Chief Bobby Mawyer who entertained our son while Dad headed to get the car and Mom dealt with the dog warden.  The badge sticker on his shirt made him a celebrity at the ER. 

I cannot tell you how relieved I was on Saturday when the only dogs I saw were truly service dogs.  It made for a pleasant and relaxed environment in spite of the heat.  Thank you to all who had to enforce the 'No Pets' policy. 

God's Blessings,

Elizabeth Sanders Jones

West Point