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Published April 05, 2010, 05:38 PM

Humane Society Explains Why 26- Dogs May Be Put To Sleep

26 dogs at the Grand Forks Circle of Friends Humane Society are scheduled to be put down. The dogs were at the shelter during a 10 day period with a dog that was infected with rabies. Officials there say they did not have any physical contact with the dogs, what then is the logic behind the state's recommendation for the euthanizations.

26 dogs at the Grand Forks Circle of Friends Humane Society are scheduled to be put down .

The dogs were at the shelter during a 10 day period with a dog that was infected with rabies.

Officials there say they did not have any physical contact with the dogs, what then is the logic behind the state's recommendation for the euthanizations.

26 dogs at the Grand Forks Circle of Friends of Humane Society are on a list to potentially be put to sleep because they were at the shelter while a rabies infected dog was there. Even though the dogs are at little to no risk of transmitting the disease, the state is still keeping its recommendation.

Alette Moen: "The dogs are kept separately not housed together, they have concrete blocks between them, they have no nose to nose contact. Their walked on leashes and don't play together."

Even if a dog licked a cage, once out of the body the virus dies soon after. So why the recommendation?

Susan Keller: "They can't say without a doubt say there was no exposure between the animals there was a potential they were together in the exercise area."

They're kept on leashes, and at no point have any contact with each other while inside or outside. But the Centers for disease control says any potential exposure mandates the dogs have to be euthanized or quarantined for six months to watch for symptoms, a luxury the Center can't afford.

Arlette Moen: "The virus doesn't live long so even though the dog's walk on the same ground it's not likely it's picked up but there's no way to 100-percent say there wasn't minimal contact."

The humane society says they're in the process of re-evaluating which dogs may have been exposed to the two dogs. They say 4 or more could be taken off the list of 26-that were scheduled to be euthanized.

Arlette Moen: "We're looking at where they were housed while they were here, was it in a different part of the building."

Moen says she doesn't know when the dogs will be euthanized, but they're hoping to take as many off the list as they can before that point.

Around ten other dogs that had been at the shelter but since adopted could also be put down.

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