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Cumberland dog owner suspects rabies, shoots family pet

Posted January 5, 2012
Updated January 6, 2012

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— A Cumberland County dog owner shot his cocker spaniel Dec. 31 after it attacked him and his wife, a county spokeswoman said Thursday. 

The owner suspected the dog had rabies, but tests at the state health lab in Raleigh were inconclusive.

Animal control officers were warning residents of the Hinsdale Avenue area to keep an eye on their pets for signs of the disease and to avoid contact with wild animals, said Sally Shutt, spokeswoman for the county.

It is the first possible rabies case recorded in the county in 2012, Shutt said.

Anyone who sees a possibly rabid animal is asked to notify Cumberland County Animal Services by calling 910-321-6852 Monday through Friday or the sheriff’s office at 919-323-1500 after hours and on weekends and holidays.

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  • Red Green Jan 6, 2012

    "Classified, so just why did this guy "suspect" his dog had rabies?" - EverythingTicksMeOff

    Who knows.

  • Frank Downtown Jan 6, 2012

    Why wasn't the dog vaccinated?

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Jan 6, 2012

    Classified, so just why did this guy "suspect" his dog had rabies? Was his dog not up to date on it's vaccinations? If so, the owner should be charged with animal neglect. Oh, it was up to date? Then it didn't have rabies. Nope, this yahoo just got tired of the dog, shot it, and then had to concoct this rabies nonsense to avoid charges of animal cruelty.

  • brmyspots Jan 6, 2012

    But he didn't....did he? I'd call that owner fail.

    I'm very familiar with dogs, breeds and characteristics. Look up "dogs who most frequently bite owners based on breed". You'll see Cocker Spaniel in the top 3. German Shepherd Dogs which often get a lot of bad press were rated #27 with both labs and retrievers in the 30's.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Jan 6, 2012

    Where's the evidence the dog attacked anyone? Sounds more like this yahoo got tired of his dog and just shot it. Easy way out....

  • Red Green Jan 6, 2012

    "Yeah, I'll bet Ghandi never got bit by a rabid dog either....and neither have you. Oh, BTW this dog wasn't rabid so what's your point?" - brmyspots

    "The owner suspected the dog had rabies"
    Thats the point.

  • brmyspots Jan 6, 2012

    Yeah, I'll bet Ghandi never got bit by a rabid dog either....and neither have you. Oh, BTW this dog wasn't rabid so what's your point?

  • Billfisher Jan 6, 2012

    "The morality of a society can be judged by how they care for their elderly, children and animals." -Mahatma Gandhi
    brmyspots

    Gandhi never got bit by a rabid dog I guess.

  • brmyspots Jan 6, 2012

    JAT You're opinion, my opinion. I have 3 German Shepherds and they are all highly trained. If any one of them attacked someone in my family I'd be shooting so fast they wouldn't know what hit them. I didn't see one single post on here bashing the owners so not sure where all the "do-gooders" were yesterday and today....

    "The morality of a society can be judged by how they care for their elderly, children and animals." -Mahatma Gandhi

  • JAT Jan 6, 2012

    "JAT It's news because an epidemic could be deadly to farm animals, domestic animals and humans. Check out what happened to France with rabies in the 1800's. Thousands upon thousands killed and entire livestock herds wiped out."

    Really? you think THAT'S why WRAL is running this as a top story. I would venture to guess that's it's all effort to get the do-gooders all riled up over a man shooting his dog and, scondarily, to let the public know there was no rabies. The dog attacked his family and he had every right to shoot it.

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