To the editor:
My son sent me a text this past Wednesday about a news piece he saw on a local Des Moines TV station. It was about a rabbit attacking and biting people in Perry.
I did not look into it until the next day (Thursday). After watching the video, I was immediately struck by how indifferent all involved were to the possibility of that rabbit being rabid.
The only exception, in my opinion, were the parents of that 13-year-old girl who is going to receive rabies shots. I say kudos to those parents!
Everyone else gets a dunce cap, in my opinion, especially the Perry Police Department. After all, they had the rabbit in their custody and purposely turned it loose, never to be seen again.
Now no one will ever know whether that rabbit was rabid or not unless, of course, people start dying. That rabbit should have been tested for rabies! I urge everyone who was bitten by that rabbit to get rabies shots. Rabies is almost 100% fatal.
Yes, I know that rabbit looked like a domestic variety (it was black), and it could have been teased to death by its owner, causing it to be aggressive, but are you really willing to take that chance?
I would also like to say that I wholly support the Perry Police Department, but you goofed on this one. You should know how to handle animal bite situations. If nothing else, you should have consulted a medical expert before you turned the specimen loose.