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Mon, Jan 28 | By Matt Van Hoven | 1181

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 officia… more ›

Rabid Dog Sold at Toronto Flea Market
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

I wouldn't buy a dog through a flea market.

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Swayloveswasabi34
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Swayloveswasabi34
5 years ago

Why would you buy a dog from a flea market anyways??

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Sheryl J.
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Sheryl J.
5 years ago

This just boggles the mind, first why a dog in this day and age would even have rabies and second who allows dogs to be sold at flea markets? Hopefully this was well publicized and changes in laws come from it.

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Jeff K.
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Jeff K.
5 years ago

Very sad, I wonder if the owners had any idea that they were selling a puppy with rabbies?

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Cindi K.
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Cindi K.
5 years ago

I certainly wouldn't buy a pet from a flea market and believe this should be banned

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Crttrs
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Crttrs
5 years ago

You have to wonder how a puppy got rabies. And animals should not be sold at flea markets.

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Peg L.
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Peg L.
5 years ago

I agree. Sounds like it could be a puppy mill situation.

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sally r.
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sally r.
5 years ago

Again, an irresponsible person who sells dogs at a flea market. Why aren't there laws or regulations against this?

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Zephyr47
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Zephyr47
5 years ago

I would be very suspect of buying a dog at a flea market. I hope they found out where this animal had contracted the rabies from.

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Nicole P.
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Nicole P.
5 years ago

I hope new policies on adoptiong pets form flea markets come out of this incident.

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Stephanie L.
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Stephanie L.
5 years ago

what this sounds crazy and scary.......

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

I haven't verified Mr. Van Hoven's citation that the CDC says rabies no longer exists in US dogs; but the rabies virus certainly still lives in many wild animals and is transmissible to unvaccinated dogs in our country.

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Zokiji
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Zokiji
5 years ago

Scary

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

You know what is wrong with this story? The puppy was SOLD at a FLEA MARKET. You don't go looking for your best friend at a flea market. Go to a shelter like a responisble human being, and then we can cut down on all these diseases and poorly bred puppies. When will people learn?

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Zephyr47
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Zephyr47
5 years ago

You nailed it exactly!

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Edie Jo N.
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Edie Jo N.
5 years ago

Go to an animal shelter. they are resonsible people who care about pet placement when they adopt out an animal.

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Buckking
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Buckking
5 years ago

Here is a good example of pups being sold at flea markets, rummage sales or along the road, you really dont know anything about them

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HomePro
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HomePro
5 years ago

Well, that's disturbing!

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lisa k.
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lisa k.
5 years ago

Scary...I feel sorry for the dog.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I hope this can be tracked and stopped. It only takes one shot a year to vaccinate for rabies. It is a sad state that money is the driving factor before health and safety.

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Tom F.
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Tom F.
5 years ago

Anything for a buck! I certainly hope they were able to track down the people that were at booth 1513.

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Stacy M.
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Stacy M.
5 years ago

Oh my rabies is a very nasty thing. I hope no other dogs caught this or any humans. Glad to see they caught it earlie on.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

This is scary. You just never know what you are going to get from people making a profit off puppy sales.

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Ro V.
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Ro V.
5 years ago

Did he pose for the photo before the purchase?

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Lucy B.
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Lucy B.
5 years ago

Just another reason to stay away from "Booths". Just by going to a reputable shelter to rescue is so much easier, safer and in the long haul for those people who where exposed to the dog , cheaper !!!

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

It would have been far wiser to rescue a shelter dog. The dog would have been checked by a vet., had all the shots,heartworm tested,etc.,etc. It most likely had been less expensive too. There are so many available so anyone can find one they like.

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NFSAW S.
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NFSAW S.
5 years ago

I don't think I would consider "Booth 1513" to be a reputable breeder. Some people do anything for $$...sad.

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Ann G.
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Ann G.
5 years ago

Interesting that rabies "no longer exists" in American dogs. Surely that is not the case, given that if a rabid raccoon, etc. bites a dog, the dog would become infected. Am I wrong?

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

I personally feel that no animals should be bought or sold at flea market.

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Maegan D.
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Maegan D.
5 years ago

Oh dear, this is a scary warning indeed. Guess you never know exactly what you're getting from roadside vendors.

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Illbewaitingpet
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Illbewaitingpet
5 years ago

This is such an easily preventable and inexpensive delimma and what a shame that people still don't get the rabies shot for their animal!

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Marty T.
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Marty T.
5 years ago

This is a difficult article to comment on since it unbelieveable. I, personally, just don't get it!

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Barbara B.
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Barbara B.
6 years ago

This story is crazy because I was actually in a flea market in Chicago this last weekend. And my daughter seen these cute little puppies and I wanted to ask about them. They were supposebly Toy Yorkies at 3 months old but they looked a little big to be toy puppies. This mans puppies were in little rabbit cages and the food and water dishes were completely dry. They were 3 months and they were barely walking. They couldn't hold up themselves and were very wobbley. I remember my puppy at 3 months and she was running and jumping. The puppies hair was so nasty and looked so oily and dirty and had black things in the hair. Someone next to me that was looking at the puppies also noticed how I was speaking to the man asking about the puppies so she started asking me questions about them. I told her that the puppies are not supposed to look this way and they look as if they have no nutrition at all. They don't look active and happy how puppies usually do. I wanted to buy all the puppies to save them but then that money is going to go toward that breeder that does not care about the puppies and only cares for my money. He was selling them for $700. And that lady that I was telling her about the puppies and how also the food dishes looked completely dry and that the puppies should have access to water at all times. And she said thank you and walked away. Also you would think they would have filled that water dish with water since I was getting customers to walk away. This is horrible about this puppy and I hope no one else gets infected! We don't want this to spread! Great warning!

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
6 years ago

Nice ....

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
6 years ago

Unbelievable. All the more reason to get your dog from a shelter or rescue.

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Renee  H.
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Renee H.
6 years ago

Scary for sure

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Gail
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Gail
6 years ago

Education is the key, and not everyone is educated about adopting and caring for pets...too bad there aren't more strict laws attached to pet ownership.

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Chelsea
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Chelsea
6 years ago

Wow. I wish they had gone more in depth. I'd like to know at which point they decided to test the dog for rabies. It's kind of an extreme route to take on a suspicion.

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Keri W.
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Keri W.
6 years ago

Sad.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

Wow, thats scary

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Allison M.
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Allison M.
6 years ago

I wonder is anyone knows if they found this dog yet?

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
6 years ago

It's taken a long time to virtually eliminate it in the US. This market should get some stiff penalties.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
6 years ago

Yeah. The lack of info on the market makes it seem like hey are pretecting it.

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John H.
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John H.
6 years ago

Id love to hear what they did to the flea market that allowed this.

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Chris
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Chris
6 years ago

How sad.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
6 years ago

Flea markets are notorious for selling mill pets....but I'm surprised that this happened! A rabid dog? How come they didn't have the dog checked out & vaccinated?

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Divaspaw
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Divaspaw
6 years ago

Why do people not get the shots for their animals when they are so affordable? And why in the world would they sell a dog at a flea market? Simply unbelieveable!

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Amy R.
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Amy R.
6 years ago

there are so many ways to buy pets... be cautious of all of them. ASK questions and do your research.

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paige f.
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paige f.
6 years ago

Why in the world would you buy a pet at a flea market, when there are soooo many in shelters!?!?! That is just irresponsible and they probably shouldn't have owned a pet to begin with.

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Chifontae T.
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Chifontae T.
6 years ago

This could have been ugly.

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

Do ya think the seller knew of this prior & this was a means to get rid of a problem? A responsible sensible pet owner would never buy a dog at a flea market.

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Acedogg2001
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Acedogg2001
6 years ago

Why would you buy an animal at a flea market? there are so many shelter dogs and cats needing homes.

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