A six-month-old Miniature Pinscher puppy in Pueblo County, Colorado, that passed away has been diagnosed with rabies. This is the first case of rabies in a domesticated animal in Pueblo county since 1968.
When officials questioned the family, they originally stated that they had had the puppy less than a month, and had purchased it off of Craigslist from a couple in Penrose. However, the owners have since taken back that statement.
The owners now state that they have owned the dog since it was a young puppy, and have instead merely neglected getting the puppy its shots or medical care that could have prevented this horrible incident.
The Pueblo Health Department has been forced to go door-to-door at homes near the owner’s residence warning them about the potential problems.
The family of the infected puppy is now having to undergo the rabies vaccination which is a series of four painful injections. Rabies is 99.9% fatal if left untreated.
Health department officials are now investigating the incident as they try to track down where the puppy contracted rabies, and whether it has infected any other animals at this time.
Please pray for the family as they receive the injections, and we can only hope that the puppy did not get the chance to infect any other pets.
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