For months, an adorable young puppy named “Luna” has been locked away in doggy jail. The puppy has been confined, away from her family, since the tender age of 8 weeks because she was in the vicinity of a bat which made its way into her owner’s home in June.
The crazy thing is Luna never actually came in contact with the bat – in fact, at the time, she was securely locked away in a dog crate, behind a closed door in another portion of her owner’s home. How did this madness happen? According to Angela and Timothy Munson, a call was made to a veterinarian out of concern for the family’s cat – the veterinarian called animal control.
In short order, an animal control officer was at the Munson’s door – demanding that Luna be turned over to them to either be put down, or to be placed in quarantine. Apparently, the health department worries that Luna, who was too young at the time to have had her rabies shot, could have been “living with the bat” for an extended period of time.
Out of what appears to be extraordinary caution, she is being quarantined for months – in fact, she’s not supposed to be released until December. Luna, a rescue pup, is literally growing up behind bars. In a fundraiser, her family wrote about the toll this is taking on their household:
Our family is devastated. Every day feels like we’re preparing for a funeral. Our once vibrant and joyful household is now grieving. Our other dogs are grieving, too – even treats don’t elicit any excitement. For the first time in my life, I feel helpless to ease the suffering of those I love most. The impact on my family at home is obvious, but what about Luna? Luna is in the critical development stages of puppyhood, a time when she needs to bond with her family. What impact will 6 months of isolation have on her development? We’re going to do the only thing we can do to fix this – we’re going to put our family back together, no matter the cost. We’re going to free Luna.
Luna’s owners are going to court to fight for the return of their puppy. According to state law, animals who are suspected of being rabid are held for just 10 days – Luna has been sentenced to six-months of confinement because officials apparently believe that there is “reasonable suspicion” that she was exposed to rabies.
Fundraiser for the court fees and boarding here.
What do you think? Reasonable or crazy?
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