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Explosives-sniffing dog bites woman at airport

A Rome woman said Friday an explosives-detection dog working the baggage claim area at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport bit her, unprovoked.

Susan Dubitsky said she and her husband were waiting for her sister to arrive around 4:15 p.m. May 2. As an Atlanta police officer and the dog walked past, the dog bit her on the stomach. A little later, when the officer came back to check on her, Dubitsky said, “the dog tried to come at me another time.

“The dog just didn’t like me,” she said. “It was scary. There was no reason to go after me.”

Dubitsky said EMT’s at the airport treated her hand-size bite wound.

While the dog was working with APD, it is owned by the Transportation Security Administration.

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TSA said in an email that is is “working with Atlanta PD to investigate the alleged incident with the canine.”

The dogs are trained by TSA to find explosives.

APD did not respond to an email request for comment.

Dubitsky said she had to have several shots but would not need rabies treatment because paperwork showed the dog has had its shots. The wound has now healed significantly, she said.

“I’m kind of upset about the whole thing,” said Dubitsky. “It shouldn’t have happened.”

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