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Health Officials Continue To Look Into Carson City Rabies Case

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The investigation is moving forward involving the first reported case of a dog with rabies in Nevada in 20 years.

The puppy was put down in order to test for rabies after biting one of its new owners. That test was later confirmed positive.

It came from a litter of 10 puppies. Since then, the Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) says the mother and four other puppies in the litter were put down, along with a cat that was raised around them. They say it was because the animals may have been exposed to the virus. Once tested, though, all of them came back negative. Meanwhile, two puppies were quarantined for observation and two others are still with their owners.

"We continue to work with the families as needed in regards to the situation and any of the other people that were identified through the process of being exposed to the index case," said Dustin Booth with the CCHHS.

On Wednesday, there was a vigil put on for the puppies and the families involved. They came out to remember the puppies who died and to try to save the others who are still alive.

"We all have seen every single test come back negative," said Kelli Teasdale of Gardnerville, who owns one of the puppies who's still alive. "So, why would I forfeit my dog?"

We talked to a woman who took care of the litter before adopting them out. Brittany McLaughlin said she constantly checked them for any health issues.

"I was with those puppies for two months," she said. "I bottle-fed them. I raised them as my dogs, like if I were to keep them all, and none of them were sick."

Health officials tell us crews are just doing their jobs per state law.

"The law in this particular situation is very clear in regards to the situation the owners had of either euthanasia and then examined, or a six-month quarantine under observation," Booth said.

The people who came out believe the laws for how to deal with rabies cases need to be re-evaluated.

"I understand the laws have not changed in 20 years since we've not had a case," Teasdale said. "Our laws are so outdated in this state, it's absolutely ridiculous."

As this story continues to unfold, please stay with Channel 2 News for the latest developments.

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