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Three dogs euthanized in Knightdale after rabies exposure

Posted April 5, 2013

— Three dogs in the Knightdale area had to be euthanized after coming into contact with a rabid raccoon, Wake County officials said Friday.

Animal control officers picked up one of the dogs after a resident reported the pup had interacted with the raccoon in the 4800 block of Clifton Road. The dog, which was not vaccinated, tested positive for rabies.

Two other dogs that lived in the same household also were put down because they were not vaccinated, officials said. State law requires potentially rabid pets to be destroyed unless owners agree to a six-month quarantine.

"We don't want to alarm residents in Knightdale, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," Sue Lynn Ledford, county community health director, said in a statement. “Rabies vaccination is critical to help to prevent the spread of disease, and rabies vaccination is required by law. This is a great opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of rabies vaccinations for their pets.”

The county is hosting a rabies clinic and animal health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wake County Animal Shelter, 820 Beacon Lake Drive. Free rabies vaccinations will be offered, but the supply is limited.

Officials are urging residents to be careful around animals that are behaving strangely. Anyone who thinks they have found a rabid animal should not approach it and call Animal Control at 919-212-7387.


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  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Apr 5, 2013

    How irresponsible! Had these poor dogs been vaccinated, all they would have needed, would be a booster! NO quarantine. So sad! I don't understand why some people don't get their pets vaccinated! It's not a matter of "being the law!" It's a matter of LOVING your pets enough to have them vaccinated!

    All 3 of ours are. So god forbid, if they are ever bitten by a potentially rabid animal, I can show proof, get them a booster and watch them carefully myself. SO much cheaper than having to quarantine a dog, because it wasn't vaccinated.


  • Homeward Apr 5, 2013

    Puppies usually don't get rabies shots until 16 weeks of age. If the dogs were younger than that the owners can't be blamed.

  • Fireflies Rock Apr 5, 2013

    so sad, and avoidable. Why do people always think things won't happen to them and the rules don't apply to them?

  • carrboroyouth Apr 5, 2013

    Poor dogs! They might have been saved if not for their owners' negligence.

  • Desiderata Apr 5, 2013

    I believe the owners of the dogs need to be "put down" for failure to take care of their pet. How disgusting that an animal has to lose their lives because of someone who failed them! I have horses, dogs ,cats and ALL are up to date on shots,vaccines!

  • Pepe Silvia Apr 5, 2013

    If you are unable or unwilling to at least spay/neuter and get a rabies shot, please do NOT get a pet!