A few months ago someone abandoned 4 puppies on the road where I live. I tried to catch them, but couldn't- they were very skittish. A few days later, my husband caught one of them and brought him home. He is a darling mutt, and we loved him immediately.
I came home this week just as he and our other outside dog were getting into a fight with a raccoon. I knew this was trouble because the raccoon was out before dark. I tried to get the dogs off the animal and did succeed, and the thing charged me. Buddy( the pup) lunged after the raccoon and diverted it's attention. The big dog rejoined the fight and he killed the raccoon before my brother-in-law could get here with a gun to kill it.
I took the raccoon to environmental health, and they sent it for testing. It was positive for rabies. The big dog has been immunized for rabies, but Buddy has not. I am wracked with guilt because I didn't get Buddy vaccinated. I was waiting for the spring rabies clinic to save money.
Environmental services has given me 2 choices for Buddy. Have him euthanized humanely or put him in a double fenced enclosure for 6 months. During that time he could have no physical contact with anyone or any other dog. If he becomes ill, he will have to be shot, because they won't risk euthanizing a rabid animal.
I was up all night trying to figure out what would be best for Buddy. I can't bear the thought of him being locked away with no one to touch or love on him for 6 months, nor can I stand the thought of him being shot.
What are your thoughts?