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Published April 12, 2010, 09:09 PM

26 Euthanized Dogs Test Negative For Rabies

None of the dogs euthanized recently at a Grand Forks shelter tested positive for rabies.

None of the dogs euthanized recently at a Grand Forks shelter tested positive for rabies.

The Grand Forks Circle of Friends Humane Society got the test results back today.

The 26 dogs could only be checked for the virus by being put down.

The euthanizations took place on Thursday. The State Board of Animal Health recommended that the dogs be put down after a dog that had been staying at the shelter tested positive for rabies.

Humane Society Director Arlette Moen said she thought it was very unlikely the dogs had rabies because they had little contact with each other, but there was no guarantee.

State veterinarian Susan Keller says even though the dogs tested negative for rabies, they still could have tested positive over the next six months.

Dr. Keller says, “They can be negative last week, but left to live, they still could have developed rabies, and we’ve hopefully prevented more problems for other people and other animals.”

Keller says this is an example of why pet owners need to get their dogs vaccinated for rabies, because the euthanizations could have been avoided.

The Humane Society will be open for adoptions again tomorrow.

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