The pet owner sought to determine if a man bitten by her dog last Saturday in Omaha would need rabies shots was identified Thursday and the good news is the dog is current with its vaccinations.
Seventy-four-year-old Bode Labode was walking by the fire station near 144th and Corby around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he was bitten by a leashed black Labrador retriever mix dog. “I was going toward the church and this woman was going south. Just as we passed the dog just turned around and bit me on the leg. There was a tingle, but I thought it was just, just went through my warm-up pants that I had on that day."
Neither Labode or the woman thought it was a serious bite, so no names were exchanged. The dog owner apologized and both went on their way.
It wasn't until after the church service that Labode realized the skin had been punctured. “There was a little blood when I got home." After talking with his doctor, Labode realized he didn't know if the dog was vaccinated against rabies. His doctor advised him that he faced the possibility of rabies shots if the dog wasn't located and examined.
Firefighters assigned to the station had often seen the woman and dog in the neighborhood and were keeping an eye out for her.
Mark Langan with the Nebraska Humane Society said this serves as a good reminder, that dog owners should exchange information with anyone who has an unfortunate incident like this one.
"We have about five more days in order to locate the dog, we really stress to the owner, she is not in any trouble, she stopped and actually talked to the bite victim, she was probably totally unaware of the fact that it has escalated."
The Humane Society never intended to charge the woman. Priority number one was finding the woman and her dog to confirm whether the dog was current with its vaccinations.
As for the bite, Labode said, “Very much healed up."