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Oklahoma City Beagle owner feels teeth of rabies law

LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Published: June 20, 2009
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When an officer from Oklahoma City animal welfare services came to her house, Sue Walker was adamant about one thing: she was not going to let her dog be taken away.

Earlier that day, she was brushing her female beagle when it bit her hand.

Walker was advised to call animal welfare. She was told officers needed to quarantine her dog for at least 10 days to ensure the beagle did not have rabies or was vicious.

Walker hung up on the animal welfare official after being asked what her name was and where she lived. Less than a half an hour later, an officer was at her door.

Every year, Oklahoma City animal welfare officials investigate more than 1,200 animal bites, and half include the animal being quarantined.

According to city law, if an animal bites a person, either the animal’s guard ian or the person bitten must report the occurrence to animal welfare within 24 hours. An officer checks to see if the animal is vicious and ensures it is up to date on its shots.

In Oklahoma City, animal welfare officers can decide whether an animal can be quarantined in one of three places: the animal welfare shelter, with a veterinarian or at home.

Because Walker’s beagle was up to date on her shots, the officer allowed Walker to home quarantine her dog.