Char-Meck Animal Control Seizes Family Dog Over Rabies Vaccine Issue

On April 24, a 6 year old plott hound called Captain got into a tangle with a raccoon in the woods at his NC home.  The raccoon tested positive for rabies.  Captain's owner took him to the vet for a booster shot on his rabies, even though he was already current.  One month later, Captain exchanged … Continue reading Char-Meck Animal Control Seizes Family Dog Over Rabies Vaccine Issue

ACO Runs Out of Cat Catching Ideas After 60 Seconds, Calls In Police to Shoot Cat

On August 20, Some Guy in Gorham, ME called police to report that a limping cat had scratched or bitten his child and that he suspected the cat had rabies. The Gorham police sent an ACO to the scene at 7pm. The ACO was unable to immediately trap the animal and so called for a … Continue reading ACO Runs Out of Cat Catching Ideas After 60 Seconds, Calls In Police to Shoot Cat

What Happened to the Beagles in the 5 Year Group in the Rabies Challenge Fund?

Primer, snipped from the Rabies Challenge Fund website: The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust will determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines. The goal is to extend the required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then to 7 years. [...] The research began in November 2007 under the direction of Dr. Ronald … Continue reading What Happened to the Beagles in the 5 Year Group in the Rabies Challenge Fund?

WV Animal Control Officer Violates Law in Dog Killing, Will Keep Job

A Fayette County dog bit a child on March 11, 2014 and stitches were required as a result of the injury. Fayette Co ACO Russell Parker seized the dog and was advised by the owner that the dog had not been vaccinated for rabies. The owner stated the dog had attacked another person in past and … Continue reading WV Animal Control Officer Violates Law in Dog Killing, Will Keep Job

Odessa’s Multi-Tiered Failure Results in Dog’s Death

The police department in Odessa, Texas runs the pound.  Thousands of animals are impounded and killed each year, with the police department claiming most of them are "unadoptable".   One dog impounded on February 15 for quarantine was definitely not "unadoptable" - he had a family who loved him and wanted him back.  Instead, he … Continue reading Odessa’s Multi-Tiered Failure Results in Dog’s Death

ND Shelter’s Failure to Follow Protocols Results in Dozens of Preventable Dog Deaths

In March 2010, two stray dogs were picked up in rural MN and taken to the nearest shelter in Grand Forks, ND.  At the shelter, they were kept together in isolation for 5 days, in accordance with shelter protocol, then moved to the adoption floor with the general shelter population.  A few days later, shelter … Continue reading ND Shelter’s Failure to Follow Protocols Results in Dozens of Preventable Dog Deaths

Putnam Co Rabies Policy Causing Needless Pet Deaths in WV

Putnam Co in WV has a rabies policy which seems to differ significantly from the state laws regarding rabies quarantine and related protocols.  The primary difference for owned pets is that under the Putnam Co policy, any dog, cat or ferret who bites a person is required to be quarantined for 10 days "at the … Continue reading Putnam Co Rabies Policy Causing Needless Pet Deaths in WV