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Rabid Dog Captured in Faulkner County, Ar.

LITTLE ROCK, Ar. – A stray dog has tested positive for rabies in Faulkner County. The dog had been living in a backyard for 6 months and was unable to be caught during that time in order to be tested. During the ice storm last week an individual was able to catch the dog but was bitten in the process. That person was given vaccinations after the dog was confirmed to have the disease.

LITTLE ROCK, Ar. – A stray dog has tested positive for rabies in Faulkner County. The dog had been living in a backyard for 6 months and was unable to be caught during that time in order to be tested. During the ice storm last week an individual was able to catch the dog but was bitten in the process. That person was given vaccinations after the dog was confirmed to have the disease.

Rabies can be spread from animals to humans in several different ways. Rabies is most commonly spread when an animal bites or scratches a human.

A change in behavior is the first sign of rabies in an animal. Common signs of rabies include limpness, convulsions, staggering, and jaw paralysis. Non-domestic animals may seem unnaturally friendly or exhibit otherwise usual behavior.

If an animal tests positive for rabies it must undergo a strict-six month quarantine or be euthanized. The disease, if left untreated, usually will kill an animal within one week of contraction.

All dogs and cats must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian, according to Arkansas state law.

If you are exposed to an animal you think might have rabies you should wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention as soon as possible. All animal wild animal bites should be reported to your local health unit. 

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