The kids at St. Paul Lutheran School in Stevens Point are staying on the playground for now. That's because a 4th grader was bit by a dog while running laps on sidewalk during gym class Tuesday.
The girl was running with her classmates when a woman with a dog walked down the block.
Principal Ronal Thies says her was told the dog was on a leash, but it wasn't long enough. The dog bit the girl on her side under her arm. The bite pierced her skin and tore her shirt.
According to Thies, the girl told the woman the dog had bit her, and the woman walked away before the teacher could get there. The girl got the first of her rabies shots that night.
The manager of the Portage County Humane Society says until they know the dog has been vaccinated; the girl needs to get the shots. If the woman comes forward and the dog is clean, the girl doesn't have to get any more shots.
If the dog hasn't been vaccinated, it needs to be quarantined for observation for 10 days. After that, a veterinarian can release the animal back to its owner.
What is Rabies?
Transmission of Rabies
Symptoms of Rabies
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention contributed to this report