A hypothermic dog, found near death on a sidewalk in St. Louis, Missouri, did not have rabies. The pit bull, dubbed Faust, was taken in by Stray Rescue of St. Louis and then turned over to a specialized veterinary hospital for care because her condition was so dire.
At the veterinary hospital, Faust bit a veterinary technician – after the bite, Faust was turned over to St. Louis County Animal Care & Control, where she was euthanized because staff stated that she was showing neurological signs consistent with rabies.
But testing on the dog’s brain revealed that she was clear of the deadly disease, reports KMOV News.
Members of the rescue group have stated that the dog’s “neurological” problems were the obvious result of how she was found. Randy Grim, the rescue group’s founder, stated “Of course Faust couldn’t stand up, of course Faust was wobbly, she was frozen to death.”
After the dog was put down, there was a huge public backlash against Veterinary Specialty Services, who turned her over to animal control. Though the rescue group has expressed disappointment that Faust was not turned over to them, they have since issued an apology via Instagram:
Stray Rescue as an organization would like to apologize and give our total support to the entire veterinary community. You are heroes who save lives every single day. We Cannot understate how difficult it is to work in the field of animal care and the impossible decisions that they are forced to make on a daily basis.
Faust was given amazing care; she miraculously came out of a coma and was only getting stronger. We are sad and regretful that the conversation shifted to blame and backlash. Social media can be such a powerful tool, for good or for bad. Faust should be a symbol for positive change toward more humane animal care and compassion. She is a reminder to us all that there is still a lot of work to be done and that we all need to come together to make these changes possible.”
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