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Four more dogs test negative for rabies

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Testers have yet to find a second rabid puppy in a litter of Gardnerville Ranchos dogs, most of which were put down after one of their number was found to have the disease.

A Carson City family found their puppy from the litter was positive for rabies and parvo two weeks ago. It was the first case of rabies in a dog since 1991, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Under state law, any animal exposed to rabies either has to be euthanized or isolated for six months. Two of the puppies from the original litter of 10 were placed in isolation. Testing for rabies requires a brain sample, which can't be done while the animal is alive.

Carson City Health and Human Services announced Monday that three more puppies and the mother of the litter tested negative for the disease. A 10th dog is still being sought. Had any of the puppies tested positive, the families who adopted them would have had to undergo treatment for the disease.

Carson City Health and Human Services said Monday it obtained the latest testing results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a trio of puppies and their mother. Affected families have been notified, the agency said.

"There still is a risk that the remaining puppies are infected," said Carson City Health and Human Services spokeswoman Taylor Radtke. There were 10 puppies in the litter involved, and "it is still extremely important to identify the remaining 10th puppy from the litter."

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The puppies were sold or given away from a Gardnerville Ranchos household in Douglas County. After two people initially were exposed in Carson City because of one puppy, the probe was initiated.

A puppy owner who gave up her dog contends that the rabid dog was exposed to the disease in Carson City, and not while part of the litter.

A funding site has been set up to help pay for the $5,400 required to keep the two dogs, Rocky and Jake. So far $305 has been raised at

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