6/27/2013 7:57:00 PM Officials Looking for Individuals Exposed to Rabies
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is looking for the seller of, as well as persons who purchased or had direct contact with, Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies that were sold at the Bivens Dog Trade located in Sulphur, OK, on Sunday, June 9. The Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies are described as approximately 10 weeks old with black, brown and white markings (see photo - all puppies in the litter had similar appearance). There were five to six puppies for sale for $100 each by an individual described as an adult male, Caucasian, approximately 6 feet tall, early 50s, medium build, wearing a tan uniform-style shirt, with red hair and a mustache, and living in the southern Oklahoma region. The seller was accompanied by a young adult male with slender build and dark brown hair.
The Bivens Dog Trade is located north of Hwy 7 on Hwy 177 in Sulphur. While at Bivens on June 9, the seller was located south of the entrance with other individuals selling dogs. On 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, persons 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.