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Tess put to rest

July 12, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Debbie Skomski buried her 4-month-old dog Tuesday, a little more than a week after the boxer-shepherd mix scuffled with a rabid raccoon.

Skomski and her husband decided to have their puppy, Tess, put down because they did not want to quarantine her for the required six months.

"We're not going to put her in a room where nobody sees her all day long," Skomski said. "What kind of dog would she be?"

Skomski said she was concerned about the dog's behavior following a quarantine because she was advised not to have contact with Tess for the duration of the quarantine.

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The raccoon bit the puppy as Tess was playing in the Skomskis' yard July 1.

They chose not to have Tess tested for rabies, although the dog received a vaccine after it came in contact with the raccoon, Skomski said.

Skomski said she saw white saliva on the dog's mouth Sunday when they were playing ball, and was worried it was a sign of rabies. Skomski said Tess showed no other abnormal signs.

An environmental health officer told Skomski on Tuesday that the onset of rabies could occur all at once, and to be safe, she and her husband could not have contact with the dog.

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