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Rabies quarantine makes dog Facebook star

Posted February 1, 2011 4:01 p.m. EST
Updated February 2, 2011 4:18 p.m. EST

— 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.