A family’s puppy is still “jailed” after possible exposure to a bat, which may or may not have been rabid. The puppy, named “Luna,” was taken from her owners back in June because a bat was discovered in the family’s home – at the time that the bat was discovered, Luna was in cage, in another portion of the home, behind a closed door.
In late August, Luna’s family announced that they had “difficult decisions” to make after a judge stated that the young puppy must continue her costly quarantine. This week, the rescued puppy’s owners released more facts about this absurd situation on the fundraiser which was created to help cover the ever-rising cost of boarding.
Luna’s family wrote:
The most shocking revelation that came to light that day concerned their policy. The policy of the Mecklenburg County Health Department is to impose the maximum sentence across the board. They do not evaluate reports case by case. They do not speak to eyewitnesses. (No wonder no one made an effort to contact me before Animal Control showed up at my door!) They do not examine pets they presume were exposed. They do not inspect homes they imagine are infested with rabies vector species. They can postulate that a bat colony resides in your home, but they do not have to prove it to lock away your dog or cat.
Bat in house + Unvaccinated animal = 6 months institutional quarantine
And a judge supported this policy, this treatment of citizens and their families. Fear trumped the law and common sense that day.
Luna’s family is on a quest for a second opinion and they have stated that they will head to Superior Court to find it.
A request for public support has been made:
If our story is horrifying, absurd, or unsettling to you; or if you think it’s just plain wrong, then I encourage you to share your displeasure with our local officials (contact list below). If you’re inspired to contact any officials, we’d be very grateful if you’d also demand that they #freeluna!
Click here to read the full update and access a lengthy list of people to contact on Luna’s behalf.
Original article about Luna’s situation here.
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