Dog Euthanized After Exhibiting Odd Behavior, Speciman Sent to State Health Lab for Testing
POSTED: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:44pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 8:46am
Health officials say an oddly behaving dog could have been poisoned, could have caught distemperment, or worse case, contracted rabies.
An animal control officer picked the dog up a few days ago in the four corners area. It appeared the dog was disoriented, almost drunk by the way he was walking. Officers also noticed he had no concern to the cars driving around him as he was wandering through the traffic.
Once the dog was brought into the animal center, officials say the dog’s health continued to deteriorate.
"What really brought it to our attention was he, he would not move,” said Art Rodriguez, Brownsville’s City Health Director Art Rodriguez.
The next symptom really concerned officials at the center; the dog started foaming at the mouth.
At that point, for precautionary purposes, the dog had to be euthanized. A specimen of the dog was sent to Austin for testing.
The city health department is not jumping the gun by speculating the dog's condition, but officials are reminding pet owners to monitor their animals’ behavior.
If in fact it is the worst case scenario, rabies, the city health department will kick their operations into high gear.
"If speaking to the state health department, if the worst news we got was rabies, we would work with the state, the state would take the lead and we would assist in every way possible to find the source, " said Rodriguez.
Those test results could be available as early as Friday afternoon.