Health Board Orders Probe

by Laurel | February 27th, 2012

26 February 1922

Holyoke Department to Investigate Incident During Mad Dog Scare

Holyoke, Feb. 25. — Dr. T. J. Shinkwin, inspector of meats and provisions of the board of health, and Dr. J. J. Carroll, bacteriologist of the board, have been summoned to appear before the board of health members at a special meeting which will be held tonight at 7 o’clock, Mayor John F. Cronin will also be in attendance at the meeting. The matter relative to taking of a bottle of live virus, as alleged will be the topic of discussion at the meeting and spirited session is looked forward to.

Dr. Shinkwin this morning said that his mind is still open on the matter and that he would have no statement to make until after tonight’s meeting. He had no comment to make this morning on the statement attributed to him that the whole incident was due to an understanding.

An official statement was secured from the board of health this morning to the effect that in yesterday’s story in The Daily News relative to the taking of the bottles of virus, in no part of the articles was any reflection made for the work.

A member of the health board today said that the taking of the bottle was due to a misunderstanding and that this would be shown at tonight’s meeting. A full discussion of the incident will be held at the meeting. The outcome is being eagerly awaited.

The report from Boston that the McQuillan dog which ran wild on Thursday positively had rabies has led to a strict restraint of dogs on the part of their owners. The board of aldermen has ordered that all dogs be muzzled for 40 days.

It was learned today that McQuilan has owned the dog for 4 years and that the dog has always been of a quiet disposition. Last Wednesday morning the dog left home and was not seen again until he rushed into the house on Thursday with Inspector Joseph Kane close after him.

No further reports of persons being bitten were received at the office of the health board today.

The victims of the dogs were all reported as comfortable today. The total of those bitten is now 17.

Further treatment of the virus was administered today.

From The Springfield Republican.

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