Health officials searching for those exposed to rabid dog at pet sale

Posted on: 3:41 pm, June 19, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:05pm, June 19, 2013

Sulphur rabid bluetick hound

Sulphur rabid bluetick hound

SULPHUR, Okla. – State Health officials are looking anyone who may have been exposed to a rabid puppy sold at the Bivens Dog Trade in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is trying to find the seller and anyone else who purchased or had direct contact with Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies that were sold at the Bivens Dog Trade located in Sulphur Sunday, June 9.

The Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies are about 10 weeks old with black, brown and white markings.

Authorities said a man was selling the puppies for $100 each.

Officials said they believe he is in his early fifties and about 6 feet tall with a medium build.

They said he has red hair and a mustache and was wearing a tan uniform-style shirt.

Authorities said he lives in the southern part of the state.

A young man with a slender build and dark brown hair was with the seller.

The Bivens Dog Trade is north of Hwy 7 on Hwy 177 in Sulphur.

The seller was south of the entrance with other individuals selling dogs.

Wednesday, June 12, one of the purchased puppies developed symptoms consistent with rabies and subsequently died.

Rabies testing at the OSDH Public Health Laboratory confirmed the presence of rabies.

Public health officials are asking the seller of the mixed-breed Coonhound puppies, those who purchased a puppy from the seller or anyone who may have come in direct contact with the puppies in the litter to contact the OSDH Epidemiologist-on-Call at (405) 271-4060 or (800) 234-5963.

Anyone who was bitten by the rabid puppy or had the puppy’s saliva get into a cut or fresh wound on the skin, eyes, nose or mouth may have been exposed to rabies virus.