15 treated after dog tests positive for rabies

NEW HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — Fifteen people have been treated after an adopted puppy tested positive for rabies, the first case of the disease in a domestic dog in Vermont since 1994.

Julie Tillson of New Haven tells WCAX-TV (http://bit.ly/1dkrgSj) she adopted 9-week-old Scarlet from a New York shelter several weeks ago.

Last Friday, Scarlet fell ill and was taken to the veterinarian. She didn’t get better and Tillson made the difficult decision to put her down. The dog bit Tillson the day before and the law required an autopsy to afterward to check for rabies. The test came back positive.

It’s unclear where Scarlet picked up the disease. The shelter initially gave Tillson paperwork indicating the dog received the rabies vaccination. It called hours later to say it provided paperwork for a different dog.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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