Dog that bit Petaluma firefighter to be killed

The dog that bit a Petaluma firefighter last week is scheduled to be killed Thursday at the Petaluma Animal Shelter.

The five-year-old pit bull mix was surrendered by its owner to serve a 10-day rabies quarantine at the shelter and will be put to death the day it ends, said Jeff Charter, executive director of the shelter.

"It's unfortunate. It's a necessary outcome," he said. "Nobody likes it (but) sometimes that's the right decision."

The dog named Indi is "totally healthy" with no sign of illness, Charter said, noting that the quarantine period is needed to determine if the animal is rabid.

In some dog-bite cases officials may consider alternatives, but that was precluded by Indi's previous documented attack on another dog, Charter said.

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