Suspected Alabama rot victim is out of the woods
A labrador suspected of contracting the deadly canine virus Alabama rot has returned home - just in time for Christmas.
Owner Helen Kelly took to Facebook to share the good news.
“Delighted to report that Mabel is safely back home with the family,” said Helen.
“One more blood test required just to make sure she will stay with us and doesn't need to go back. Hopefully the dressings will come off the worst of the lesions soon.
“A million thanks must go to her special guardian angel-vet Louise at Anderson Moores in Winchester. Merry Christmas from Mabel and the rest of us.”
Mabel was rushed to a special treatment centre in Winchester last week. She was the fourth dog reported to be suffering from Alabama rot after walking in West Woods, near Marlborough.
Three cocker spaniels were also treated for the rare disease. One died, and two recovered and were sent home.
The first symptoms of Alabama rot are lesions, usually on the lower leg and foot. The disease can then affect the kidneys, and may prove fatal.
However, the cause of the disease remains unknown. It does not appear to be passed from one dog to another.
It has yet not been confirmed by authorities that the illness is, in fact, Alabama rot – and may never be so – but dog owners have been giving West Woods a wide berth since the first reported incidents nine days ago.