Rabid Dog Sold at Toronto Flea Market
TORONTO, Ontario – Officials at the Toronto Humane Society say a dog bought at a highway flea market at Dr Flea's has tested positive for rabies.
The puppy was purchased on Jan. 13th. It was sold from a booth, number 1513, and officials are asking anyone who may have come in contact with an animal at that booth to contact Toronto Public Health via the number at the bottom of this story.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that rabies no longer exists in dogs in the United States. In that report, they expressed concerns that possible threats of a resurgence of the disease would likely come from foreign dogs.
If left untreated, rabies can be deadly to both humans and animals. Rabies is spread through saliva, can be transmitted through bites, cuts and the moist areas around the eyes and mouth.
Canadian media are spreading the word about the rabid dog, and ask that consumers seek out reputable breeders when purchasing animals.
Responsible breeders routinely vaccinate their puppies against rabies, which is required by law.
So far, there are no reports of human contact with the disease, although authorities are tracking down anyone who man have come near the dog. There is no word whether any other rabid dogs were found.
To contact Toronto Public Health, call 416-338-7600.
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