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Dogs exposed to rabies are still missing

Two Chocolate Labrador Retrievers that came in contact with a rabid raccoon in Deltaville on May 18 have not been located, said Middlesex Chief Animal Control Officer Ricky Warren on Tuesday.

As a precaution, Middlesex Animal Control and the Virginia Department of Health are recommending that anyone who owns a Chocolate Labrador Retriever in the Deltaville area, or a dog that looks like one, should check their pet’s rabies vaccination records and get a rabies booster shot.

It’s also important that these types of dogs be watched for changes in behavior or sickness.

Rabies is spread by the saliva of an infected animal and is always fatal once symptoms are present.

A male and a female dog came in contact with the rabid raccoon in the area of Gull Cove Road, just east of the Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad building.

Warren said he has checked with a veterinarian and there are “dozens of dogs” in the area that could be part Labrador Retriever.

For more information, call animal control at 758-2779.

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posted 05.27.2009

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