Possibly rabid dog dropped off at Humane Society of Treasure Coast

Posted at 11:34 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 04:23:34-04

The Martin County Health Department is asking for help to locate the person who anonymously dropped off a dog at the Humane Society of Treasure Coast on June 23.


The dog ended up exhibiting signs of rabies and had to be euthanized.


“It was one of the overnight drops in the kennels there, so there really is no record of who this dog belonged to or who that dog had contact with,” said Renay Rouse, spokeswoman for the Martin County Health Department.


Health officials want to know where the dog has been in the community, and whether any people or animals may have been exposed to rabies.


The dog’s rabies test came back inconclusive, which the health department treats as a positive.


“The dog began acting erratically, snapping at the air, foaming at the mouth and just became very aggressive,” Rouse explained.


“The concern is that people could be at risk. The only way we’ll be able to find out is if we can get in touch with the people who had contact with the dog prior to coming to the humane society.”


The dog is described as 1- to 2-years old. It’s an un-spayed female, dark grey pit bull. No microchip was found on the dog.


Anyone with information should contact the health department at 772-221-4090.