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Rabies quarantine makes dog Facebook star

Posted February 1, 2011
Updated February 2, 2011

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— Town Commissioner Clinton Bryan was cited Tuesday with violating a state law that requires dogs that have bitten someone to be quarantined for 10 days, authorities said.

Bryan's dog – a 5-pound Yorkshire terrier named Gidget – bit a technician at Jordan Lake Animal Hospital on Jan. 24 and was quarantined because it wasn't up to date on its rabies vaccine, authorities said. Bryan removed the dog from the animal hospital three days later and took it to Sanford Animal Hospital, but he then removed the dog from that facility as well after only one day, authorities said.

Bryan's wife returned the dog to Sanford Animal Hospital on Monday, authorities said. The dog will remain there until Thursday, when the 10-day quarantine period will end.

The saga prompted calls to "Free Gidget" on the Sanford Animal Hospital's Facebook page.

Bryan's court date was set for Feb. 9.

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  • squiggy55555 Feb 3, 2011

    She was never not confined but she wasn't confined in the place designated by the health director.

  • WV-NC Feb 2, 2011

    Added by Laws 1983, c. 891, § 2. Amended by S.L. 2009-327, § 10, eff. Oct. 1, 2009.

    § 130A-196. Confinement of all biting dogs and cats; notice to local health director; reports by physicians; certain dogs exempt>>>>>>

    (b) Confinement.--When an animal required to be vaccinated under this Part bites a person, the animal shall be immediately confined for 10 days in a place designated by the local health director. The local health director may authorize a dog trained and used by a law enforcement agency to be released from confinement to perform official duties upon submission of proof that the dog has been vaccinated for rabies in compliance with this Part.( After reviewing the circumstances of the particular case, the local health director may allow the owner to confine the animal on the owner's property.) An owner who fails to confine an animal in accordance with the instructions of the local health director shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
    She was never not confined!!!

  • WV-NC Feb 2, 2011

    mj1angier:
    What WRAL failed to tell everyone is that you CAN confine them in your home. State law allows that.Chatham County Health Department Director for some reason has an agenda against them and is trying to make a point as. Makes you wonder if she is going to try to run for another office this fall.

  • james27613 Feb 1, 2011

    Any dog can bite, from anger, defense or if in pain.

    Family member was taking dog out of the van, he had his vet shots, dog snapped and bit him on the hand.

    Turns out the dog had a parasite that caused the leg bone to
    decay to the thickness of a pencil! Dog was in pain and had to be put down.

    Family member spent three days in hospital because wound got infected and needed IV treatments.

  • kittiboo Feb 1, 2011

    For something as life or death as the rabies vaccination, you had best believe that a responsible person should be in charge of giving the vaccine. Otherwise, all Joe Blow has to do is say the dog was vaccinated- sorry, but I'm not that trusting of all pet owners. You can get a rabies vax done for less than $10 at clinics.

    I don't know the whole story here, but unless he had paperwork giving him permission to quarantine at home, the dog should've been left at the original hospital. Nevermind that the vaccine should've been up to date in the first place!

  • airbornemonty Feb 1, 2011

    I don't have an argument with the story but immunizing your pet against something like the rabbis virus seems to me that your taking a big chance if something should go wrong.

    Who can you blame and how would you handle a lawsuit. As for me, I'll let my dog's vet handle the immunization and if by chance something goes wrong, I know who to blame and put the load on his shoulders.

  • mulecitybabe Feb 1, 2011

    It's completely ridiculous that in this state you cannot vaccinate your own animals against rabies. Maybe if the vets weren't so greedy more people would immunize their pets. I always immunized my own animals before this law was passed.

  • WV-NC Feb 1, 2011

    The tech was told by the owner to let the owner hold the dog or put a muzzle on her...they did neither.

  • Kingfish Feb 1, 2011

    Stay tuned. Maybe the REAL story will be printed later. In the mean time, refer to the post by canfinson1. That should give you some insight into the idiocy of the County Health Director. I'm not sure what she is trying to gain at this point, but we will find out soon I'm sure.

  • mj1angier Feb 1, 2011

    "This small little felon"

    So it would be different if this was a 80 lb pit bull? The little "Angels" are more inclined to bite than most big ones. Any size animal can have rabies and if they break the skin when biting, they can pass it on. The law says if pet is not up to date and it bites, it must be quarantined. It is within the Health Dept right to require it be at an animal hospital or pound. And being that O is already playing games, I think it is the right move. If person that got bit had push it, they could demand pet be tested- and there is only one way to test.

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