Pit bull euthanized after biting veterinarian in the face, doctor recovering

Dr. David Brooks was vaccinating cats and dogs at the White House Fire Department in Fairmont when he gave a pit bull inside a car a shot and was then attacked by the pit bull. (Source: Pembroke Veterinary Hospital)
Dr. David Brooks was vaccinating cats and dogs at the White House Fire Department in Fairmont when he gave a pit bull inside a car a shot and was then attacked by the pit bull. (Source: Pembroke Veterinary Hospital)

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - A pit bull that bit a Robeson County veterinarian on his face Thursday night was euthanized and tested negative for rabies, according to Robeson County Public Health Department Director Bill Smith.

Dr. David Brooks was vaccinating cats and dogs at the White House Fire Department in Fairmont when he gave a pit bull inside a car a shot and was then attacked by the pit bull, according to Dr. Sonya Chavis with Pembroke Veterinary Hospital.

"Vets are prone to getting scratches, but getting bitten in the face is something we hope to never see in our career," Dr. Chavis said. "We don't see it too often."

Smith said that the pit bull was euthanized and submitted for lab testing rather than having a ten day quarantine and observation since the attack was to the head. Smith added that since the rabies virus can spread quickly in the face, they needed to get the test results right away.

Dr. Brooks was released from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington on Friday.

"He is doing good. You can't even tell he was bitten," Dr. Chavis said. "Except for stitches and swelling in his face."

The Pembroke Veterinary Hospital went out to 32 fire departments around the county in 2013. Their goal is to reach out to the community to give rabies vaccines around the area.

According to Smith, Robeson County had 18 confirmed cases in 2013 and four cases so far this year.

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