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Health officials seek dog that bit boy, 13

The Carroll County Health Department is looking for a dog that bit a 13-year-old boy Thursday evening at Westminster High School.

Health officials said the boy was doing in-line skating near the concession stand at the football field when the dog nipped him on the leg. Thinking it was nothing to worry about, the boy went on without checking the bite.

When the teen-ager got home and his mother looked at the bite, the family realized the dog had broken the skin. A pediatrician was called.

The dog is described as brown, and possibly a Chesapeake Bay or other breed of retriever. He was being walked on a leash by a blond-haired woman about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, wearing a white blouse and brown shorts.

Because of the possibility of rabies, the dog must be found and quarantined in the owner's home for 10 days. If the dog's owner doesn't come forward, the boy will have to undergo a post-exposure rabies treatment series, health officials said.

The dog's owner or anyone with knowledge of this incident is asked to call Maryland State Police at 848-3111. The state police will quarantine the dog until it can be determined that the animal is free of rabies.

Potomac Edison Co. offers toll-free number

Potomac Edison Co., which has about 9,400 power customers in western Carroll County, has started a 24-hour, toll-free number to answer questions about electric bills or offer assistance with service connections.

Customers can call 1-800-654-3317 to receive help from the Customer Service Phone Center in Hagerstown.

The center, which opened in 1986 with four employees, has been gearing up for 24-hour service for several years, said Potomac Edison Executive Vice President James Latimer. Now, 36 customer service representatives work in the center.

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