Rabid dog in Valencia County euthanized

November 18, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed that a 6-month-old dog in Valencia County had rabies.

The New Mexico Department of Health says the dog [auth] was euthanized after it was found to have rabies last week.

Authorities say there were no known people or other animals that were bitten by the dog while it was contagious, but officials are talking to the dog’s owner and other people to look for possible rabies exposures.

The dog was trapped and taken to an animal shelter after officials say it had harassed livestock and killed chickens.

Authorities recommend that people get their pets vaccinated and avoid leaving excess pet food outside that might attract animals with rabies.

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