My Favorite 1960s Dragnet #20: Juvenile: DR-32

While Season 3 was associated with a lot (too many) community relations shows, this episode was a stand out. It shows the power of using true police cases.

A little girl is bitten by a dog and the dog can’t be found. Under the law, the girl must be given a rabies vaccination if it’s not known whether the dog was rabid. The problem? The girl is allergic to the rabies vaccine, so a rabies shot could kill her. If the dog has rabies, the rabies could kill her. Friday and Gannon have a limited amount of time to track down the dog and save a child from a potentially lethal injection.

A fascinating and thrilling episode of Dragnet.

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