Six dogs to be euthanized after encounter with a rabid raccoon

Six dogs surrendered for euthanasia after encounter with rabid raccoon

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The owner of six dogs has handed them over to an animal control agency in Cumberland County, North Carolina, for euthanasia after they encountered a rabid raccoon. As reported by CBS 17 News, the encounter took place on Monday in Hope Mills.

A news release from the Cumberland County Department of Animal Control indicates that officers were called to investigate after reports of dogs attacking a raccoon. At the scene, the body of a deceased raccoon was found and subsequently sent to a State Public Health Lab in Raleigh for testing. As reported by ABC 11 News, the results confirmed that the raccoon had the deadly rabies virus.

The person who owns the six dogs told officials that the dogs had never been vaccinated against rabies and opted not to pay for a lengthy period of quarantine. “By state law, these dogs will have to be euthanized or quarantined at a veterinary hospital for four months, which costs thousands of dollars,” Animal Control Director Elaine Smith said. “The consequences of exposure to rabies are extremely serious. People need to take rabies seriously and get their pets vaccinated and make sure the vaccinations are up to date.”

Rabies has been confirmed in this area twice since May. Pet owners who want to ensure that their companions are safe can visit the Public Health Center, 1235 Ramsey St. on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccinations will cost $10 per dog and cat.

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6 replies
  1. Larry says:

    This sorry low-life owner should never be allowed to own pets again, ever. Because he was too stupid and too cheap to get his dogs vaccinated the dogs must now pay with their lives. What a scumbag! He should at least be required to pay for testing the raccoon and for euthanizing his poor dogs. He should not be allowed get away scott free with no costs or consequences.

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    And here’s to all the anti vaccination advocates that think these vaccines are not necessary and poisoning our pets. Six dogs are losing their lives because their owner was irresponsible! Rest in peace sweet pups, I’m so sorry your lives are ending like this!

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    • Bunny Peters says:

      I agree with you.

      Can’t fix stupid and the dogs pay with their lives. This POS should NEVER be able to have any animals in the future!!!

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      • Bunny Peters says:

        I am very sorry about the horrible loss of these precious treasures…….. I know that all of you are in Heaven. Please look for MacKitty and join his wonderful snuggle buddies group and RIP amongst loving friends…….

  3. Pennys dachshunds says:

    THIS owner is a Scumbag POS!!! they have clinics that the vaccinations Are Dirt Cheap!!! Moon shine must be first on the list of this Puke!!! he should Never be allowed to Own a dog again!!! 6 innocent dogs being Put Down because of A Low Life Scum of the Earth Person that Should never Own a ” cockroach “!!

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