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2/18/2011 9:54:00 PM
Javelina that attacked dog was rabid, tests show
The Daily Courier

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Friday that tests showed that a javelina that attacked a dog Monday in the Walnut Grove area was rabid.

On Monday, YCSO animal control officers answered a call about a javelina attacking a dog in the Walnut Grove community south of Wilhoit and east of Kirkland.

The owner told animal control officers that a hound dog was tethered outside the home when a javelina approached, interested in the dog's food, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The javelina bit the dog's hind quarters, and the dog's owner killed the javelina with blunt force, D'Evelyn said.

Officers recovered the javelina's carcass, sent the head to a lab for rabies testing, and learned Thursday the javelina was rabid, D'Evelyn said.

Unfortunately, the dog, which had been impounded, did not have a current rabies vaccination, so after consultation with the owner, the dog was humanely euthanized, D'Evelyn said.

Although the dog's owner was not bitten, post-exposure vaccinations were recommended and the owner is currently receiving those treatments, D'Evelyn said.

Animal Control Officers encourage pet owners to remove any outside food source from unfenced areas of your property, and make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations, D'Evelyn said.

The Sheriff's Office also remind people to wear gloves while skinning animal carcasses to avoid contact with spinal fluid, saliva, and brain tissue which can transmit rabies to people through open cuts and wounds on their hands, D'Evelyn said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: The Real Prescott Patriot

How ironic huh!

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: to Dirty Rodents

Gosh, such a mature comment. You were supposed to outgrow wishing ill on people in grammar school. Me thinks you need to grow up.

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: Dirty Rodents

Good riddance, these nasty animals run wild in our neighborhood, I can't wait for a few of those who feed them think they are cute get bitten!

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: Why No Rabies Shot

If I'm not mistaken, isn't it a law that all dogs be immunized against rabies? The owner should be fined.

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: allen larkin

Here we go again! Stupid, stupid people. Tethered dog, How about a fence Mr. dumb, how about not putting food outside? Again the animal suffers.Get a clue.

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: They are out there.

Game and fish has a javelina hunt underway today the 19th & 20th for "new hunters".
I hope these "new hunters" are guided by the game & fish dept whom organized the hunt.
Not the smartest move on game & fish's part.
I think rabbits would have been a better "first hunt" experience for these kids.
The javelina become very aggressive if wounded or cornered. Then, take into account if you have a rabit javelina.

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: Mel C.

I hope the guy who recently wrote a letter to the editor about how he "walks among the javelina" reads this and realizes that these animals/rodents are WILD, not pets are subject to disease just like any other WILD animal and are not meant to be socialized.

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: tired of it all

Wait! If humans are bit by a rabid animal, we can get shots for rabies, but not animals (mainly dogs)? And watch out now, the Game and Fish will have a rampage on Javelinas, just like they did with the "bear attacks".

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: Ken In Prescott

Rabies can be common in this critters who tend to be mean anywhere.
Finding one with rabies was not uncommon in SE AZ where I moved from.
Yet some people said the other day in another article that they liked to walk among these foul smelling animals.
I certainly hope that the people that do this don't have their kids with them when they do.
It's only a question of time before somebody gets attacked doing this, rabies or not.

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: Marlin Perkins

I'm glad the owner killed that filthy beast with "blunt force". I'm proud of the man for taking such quick, decisive action. Mr. Javelina thought he could go around and attack anything he wanted to. Oh, but now he knows different. And since the dog's owner put an end to the rabid javelina's rampage, other people or pets were probably spared great misery. Thanks un-named citizen!

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Article comment by: George Seaman

Is Mr. Bert King (the writer of the recent letter to the editor) reading this article? Yet another reason to not "walk among" , or feed these wild animals.

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