Alabama 05/16/12 waaytv.com: by Shea Allen – Jessie Fletcher says he was floored after discovering his family’s dog Foxy, dead in his backyard Monday morning. He says he was even more amazed when he realized his home’s security cameras caught the culprit responsible for Foxy’s death. For Fletcher, this video is hard to watch. But he says it confirms to him what likely took the lives of two other dogs killed within the last year. Animal Control officials admit coyotes are a problem in the city of Decatur. They estimate the population within the city limits to be as high as a thousand. But, controlling the coyotes is a difficult job for Miles Naylor, the man the city employs to handle the animals. – For complete article and video see http://www.waaytv.com/news/local/story/Coyote-attack-caught-on-tape-in-Decatur/9KhHBS4q3UuXxGrFTzAK2Q.cspx
Florida 05/15/12 Marianna, Jackson County: A raccoon that fought with and was killed by two dogs on Brinson Road east of Bascom has tested positive for rabies. The dogs have been quarantined. – See http://www.wtvy.com/home/headlines/Florida_Raccoon_Tested_Positive_for_Rabies_151641535.html
New Hampshire 05/15/12 Manchester, Hillsborough County: A dead coyote found in the back yard of a Morse Road residence on Friday has tested positive for rabies. About a half-dozen sightings of a coyote exhibiting unusual behavior have been reported from this neighborhood in the past ten days, including a report that a woman was bitten. – See http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120515/NEWS07/705159890
New York 05/15/12 Ithaca, Tompkins County: Health officials have issued a rabies alert after a fox that attacked and bit a person in Buttermilk Falls State Park last Friday tested positive for the virus. Authorities believe this is the same fox that attacked a dog on Spencer Street. – See http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20120515/NEWS01/205150359/Rabid-fox-bites-hiker-Buttermilk-Falls-State-Park?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1
Ohio 05/15/12 New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County: City Health Department officials and police were still searching Monday night for a stray dog that bit a person in the Pines Mobile Home Park near Lowe’s on Saturday. Lee Finley, director of environmental health, said the dog must be placed in rabies quarantine until May 22. If it’s not located for observation, the bite victim will have to undergo post-exposure rabies inoculations. The dog is described as a large, older black dog with tan markings and a bit of white/gray in its coat. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Health Department at 330-364-4491, ext. 208; the Police Department at 330-343-4488; or the Tuscarawas County Dog Warden at 330-339-2616. – See http://www.timesreporter.com/news/x1266612233/Dog-bite-victim-may-need-rabies-shots
Oregon 05/15/12 Medford, Jackson County: A bat found flying inside the home of a resident has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kval.com/news/health/Rabid-bat-found-flying-in-Oregon-home-151579175.html
Pennsylvania 05/15/12 Lawrenceville, Tioga County: A raccoon acting strangely on May 10 near 43 ½ and Railroad streets has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/tests-confirm-lawrenceville-raccoon-had-rabies/nN6Lb/
Virginia 05/15/12 Williamsburg: The Peninsula Health District is searching for a dog that reportedly bit someone along Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg Sunday afternoon. According to the Peninsula Health District, the gray, blue and white husky/spitz type of dog bit a man in the 400 block of Duke of Gloucester Street around 1:15 p.m. If the dog is not found, the victim may have to undergo post exposure treatment, known as rabies shots. The dog will not be taken from its owner if it is found. Instead, it will be placed on an in-home confinement for 10 days. Anyone with information on the dog is asked to contact the Peninsula Health District – Williamsburg Environmental Health Office at 757-253-4813. After hours, contact James City County/Williamsburg Animal Control at 757-253-1800. – See http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/man-bitten-by-dog-in-williamsburg
British Columbia 05/15/12 theprovince.com: A group of dedicated Canadian veterinarians — many from B.C. – are working to prevent poor communities in the Americas from going to the dogs. Two Vancouver Island women were among a team of Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) volunteers in Guatemala this spring providing medical care, vaccinations and spaying and neutering for street dogs in the impoverished community of Todos Santos with the aim of also improving the lives of their owners in the process. “The nearest community to Todos Santos with a vet is about two hours away through winding mountain trails,” explained Tracy Cornish, Victoria-based veterinarian who has travelled to Guatemala three times since 2009 as a volunteer with the registered charity. “The main reason why they were interested in us coming down was because of human safety concerns about rabies from dogs biting livestock or people.”
One of the tenets of VWB is that humanitarian work doesn’t always have to focus exclusively on humans. In fact, in many developing countries the welfare of animals and people are so interdependent that improving the health of their livestock or companion animals can have a dramatic effect on entire communities. “A lot of things that involve the welfare of animals also involve the human population in terms of health or hygiene,” explained Cornish, who returned from her latest trip in April. According to VWB, “free-roaming and un-owned dogs had become a serious issue in Todos Santos, to the point where the fear of being physically attacked was preventing people from conducting their everyday activities. Transmission of rabies and other zoonotic diseases was also a serious health concern.” One volunteer heard stories of an NGO worker having to carry a nail-studded club to keep street dogs away. While there, Cornish and Victoria animal health technologist Stacey Ness helped treat roughly 200 dogs in free clinics in the remote Mayan indigenous community in the mountains of northwestern Guatemala. One of the goals of VWB is to help the region move toward sterilization as the main method of population control, rather than extermination, as often practiced. – For complete article see http://blogs.theprovince.com/2012/05/15/vets-without-borders-provides-animal-care-to-improve-human-welfare/
Nova Scotia 05/16/12 Cape Breton Island: cbc.ca – A 14-year-old Nova Scotia boy is recovering from coyote bites to his leg and buttock after he was attacked by an aggressive animal while on a Cape Breton trail on Tuesday night. The Department of Natural Resources said the teenager was riding a dirt bike, and had dismounted, when he was attacked on a trail near Sydport Industrial Park in the Westmount area of Cape Breton. He was checked out by health officials and his wounds are not considered serious, the department said Wednesday in a news release.
Terry Power, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, told CBC News the boy managed to fight off the animal and took off on his bike. Power said he interviewed the victim and his father and it’s not clear what prompted the attack. “It’s difficult to explain, quite frankly. We visited the site, we do look for something in the area that might explain what took place. For example, coyotes have been known to defend a kill quite aggressively,” said Power. “We looked for that sort of sign as well as potentially a den in the area, but no. It’s just an unusual occurrence, it’s rare.” Wildlife officials are searching the trail and have called in a trained trapper to remove the animal.
In 2010, Nova Scotia began paying trappers $20 per coyote pelt as part of a bounty program designed to reduce aggressive coyote behaviour. There were several calls to bring in the bounty after the death of a Toronto singer in October 2009. Taylor Mitchell, 19, was killed by two coyotes while hiking the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Both animals have since been caught and destroyed.