Smith B. West, 21, railroad yard clerk, saved Everett Haney, 8, and George Medley, 8, from a rabid dog, Atlanta, Georgia, April 18, 1929. A large dog, which was rabid, ran along a street toward a school. Everett and George were on the school ground about 40 feet from the street. Leaving the street, the dog headed directly toward the two boys. West, who was in pursuit of the dog and knew that it was rabid, ran to the dog when it was within 10 feet of the boys and gave it a kick. The dog fell but got to its feet at once and turned toward West. West ran away a few feet but was overtaken by the dog, which snapped at his trousers, and he fell. The dog leaped upon him and bit him on the head. A man then threw a stone, striking the dog; and it ran away. Finally it was shot and killed. West was given treatment for the prevention of rabies and suffered no ill effects.
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