Sylacauga woman stabs, kills rabid raccoon to save daughter’s dog


SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT) – A Sylacauga mother took drastic actions to save her daughter’s dog, and now she hopes it teaches a lesson.

Brenda Thorn and her daughter were settling down after a long day of working around her Sylacauga home when suddenly, the quiet ended.

“My daughter took her dog, Gabby, out to go to the bathroom for the last time that evening,” Thorn said. “All of a sudden I heard her yell, ‘Let go!’”

Thorn ran outside to see a rabid raccoon latched onto Gabby.

“I realized she was struggling with an animal, so I went and got my best and biggest butcher knife,” Thorn said. “When she said stab and kill it repeatedly, I was like, ‘Yes, dear.’ So I took it and I went pretty good with all my might I stabbed and stabbed and stabbed at that raccoon, and I have never felt a hide that tough.”

Eventually, the two were able to kill the raccoon. Gabby is okay but is under quarantine for 45 days. The same can’t be said for Thorn’s butcher knife. It was not nearly as fortunate.

“I almost cried. That was my best butcher knife,” Thorn said.

She hopes people don’t throw away the lessons to be learned from her situation – a rabid animal can attack any pet, anywhere.

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society advises pet owners make sure their pets are up-to-date on all their vaccinations. Secondly, they say it’s important to keep pets inside at night. This will limit the potential for attacks.

Lastly, they say when pets are outside, don’t tether them, because they can’t run away.

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