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Bitten woman fears unnecessary shots after dog owner disappear

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Susan says the dog bit her Saturday afternoon Susan says the dog bit her Saturday afternoon

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington woman says she is scared she will have to have unnecessary rabies shots, after the owner of a dog that bit her disappeared.

Susan Matthews said she was at the Fort Fisher Park on Saturday, visiting with one family and their puppy, when a second dog came up and bit her in the face. She says she started bleeding and raced down to the water to wash off her face, when she looked back, she says the dog owner had disappeared.

"It happened so fast and then they were gone, it made me just want to cry," said Matthews. "I was in shock the rest of the day, both about the bite and the fact that they left."

She says the cut continued to bleed, and wants to know if the dog had its rabies shots. If she can't find the owners, she says she will have to go forward with rabies shot.

"It's very painful and very expensive and we don't have insurance," said Susan. She says, she is hoping to find the owner before time runs out, so she can save herself the pain and extra money if the shot is unnecessary.

Susan says the dog has white hair.

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