UPDATE: City Reports Dog Involved in Biting Incident Has Shots


January 18, 2013

UPDATE, Jan. 22: City of Falls Church Police Find Dog in Bite Incident; Dog Has Rabies Inoculations, Not Likely to Have Rabies

The dog that bit an adult on January 18 on the playground of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (601 S. Oak St.) was found the following day. The dog, a pit bull, has had its rabies inoculations and is not likely to have rabies. The dog is in quarantine for observation for a total of 10 days, according to standard protocol. The victim of the bite started rabies shots but discontinued them when the dog was located. Charges are pending for the owner of the dog who was visiting the City of Falls Church.

The City of Falls Church Police Department thanks all who responded to the request for information.

UPDATE:  At 2:16 pm Saturday, January 16, the City advised via its Alert System that the dog involved in this incident has been located.   No additional details are available at this time.  Thank you to all who helped.

The City of Falls Church Police Department seeks information concerning a dog bite incident that occurred on Friday, January 18 at about 4 to 4:30 p.m. on the playground of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (601 S. Oak St.).  The victim was attacked and bitten on the leg by a dog that was running loose on the playground.  Two men were allowing the dog to run without a leash when the offense occurred.

The dog is described as a black and white (mostly white) medium-sized short-haired dog, possibly a “Pit Bull” Terrier or similar-looking dog.

One of the men with the dog is described as a white adult male, approximately 6 feet tall, trim build, possibly with neatly-trimmed gray hair, wearing a knee-length topcoat and dark sunglasses.  The other man with the dog is described as a white adult male.

The men and the dog left the area after refusing to give any information to the victim.  The victim may have to be given rabies inoculations if the dog is not located.  If you have any information about the dog or its owners, please contact the City of Falls Church Police Department immediately at 703-241-5050.

January 18, 2013 


3 Responses to “UPDATE: City Reports Dog Involved in Biting Incident Has Shots”

  1. FC Voter on January 22nd, 2013 4:19 pm

    TJ Elementary school is not a dog run. People regularly let their dogs run loose on school property on weekends and turn it into a de facto dog park. Time for some stepped up enfrocement before someone else gets bit, nevermind the mess they leave behind on the kids’ playing fields.

  2. GERALD PRESSMAN - City of Falls Church on January 23rd, 2013 4:46 pm

    I don’t have a dog, but I believe there are signs at TJ Elemtary School indicating NOT TO WALK YOUR DOGS on school property? If not, there should be signs all over the place, with the telephone number of the Falls Church City Police Department, so folks can call and report violations..

    Also, I don’t believe dogs are allowed to run loose anywhere in the City of Falls Church?

  3. FC resident on January 26th, 2013 11:32 pm

    To the posters above – you’re correct, dogs must be leashed everyone in the City, except your own private property. When you see violations, call the police! They’ve responded when I called in the past and addressed some “serial” offenders.

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