LEAWOOD, Kan. – Leawood's animal control officers are actively looking for a rescue dog that has escaped and was part of a group where one of the dogs was tested positive for rabies.
The Leawood Police Department said Wednesday it had been made aware of this incident by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
According to KDHE, a dog on a group of 26 dogs imported from Egypt by Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption in Mission, Kansas, has tested positive for rabies. This dog was euthanized.
Police told FOX4 that the missing dog was in a foster home in Leawood. They said that the dog that had escaped was not the one who had tested positive for rabies, but that it could have been exposed to it. As a precaution, they want to locate all the dogs.
One of the dogs escaped from the group at Leawood and was last seen on Monday in the vicinity of 103rd Street and Mission Road.
Unleashed Pet Rescue said the rabid dog was all the time in his foster home. The CDC and KDHE are working with Unleashed to get all the dogs back in order to quarantine them and give them booster shots.
Unleashed Pet Rescue told FOX4 that they followed all the protocols to bring them to the United States.
The missing dog is described as a medium sized, medium sized white dog. Police said at one point that the dog was wearing a purple sweater, but this may not be the case now.
The ministry said it had received no information that the dog that had escaped had shown signs of illness. They ask you if you see a dog that fits the description. Please call the police department at 913-642-7700.
The police are asking you not to hold the dog yourself.