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Monday, August 1, 2011

Australia : Dusty the dog destroyed after he tested positive to Hendra antibodies

Via The Herald Sun :

" DUSTY the dog has lost his fight for survival after testing positive to Hendra Virus antibodies - with the Fearon family deciding to put him down.

In a statement released through Federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz, the Fearon family of Mount Alford indicated they had made the decision to have the beloved family pet humanely euthanased rather than waiting for Biosecurity Queensland to compel them to have Dusty destroyed.

The family said they made the decision after results of his most recent blood tests confirmed that he carried Hendra virus antibodies, which meant he was at risk of shedding the virus to other animals.

"We are devastated by the loss of our fourth family animal to the Hendra virus and are particularly saddened to witness the affect the loss of our young dog has had on our children,'' he said.

"We remain in awe of the support our family has been offered by friends and strangers nationwide."

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