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When Cheyenne Harboe wandered behind the Pasados Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas she found what she thought at the time was a sick puppy. Wanting to do the right thing and help the poor strangely skinny pup that she thought was just sick, she wrapped it up in a blanket and headed for help at the local animal hospital, but when she got inside, the puppy wasn't exactly as expected.

When Harboe arrived at Summerfields Animal Hospital, she had already given the pup the name of Taco after the Mexican restaurant he was found behind. After a thorough examination by a veterinarian, Harboe was informed that this little guy was very sick as she thought, but his scrawniness as also due in part to it actually being a young coyote. His lack of fear towards humans was thought to most likely be because he was too ill and weak to react. However, things took a dark turn when the pup was thought to have rabies.

Sadly, as state law demands, the veterinarians had to call Animal Control and Taco was taken away. When an animal is suspected of rabies, there is no way to test for it while keeping the animal alive. Taco the coyote had to be euthanized and his brain is scheduled to be tested for rabies. As sad as this story is, Cheyenne Harboe did the right thing, even though she probably wishes she had not. She put herself in danger and an innocent animal may have been euthanized for no reason, though veterinarians are usually very thorough in their checks when they suspect rabies. It is sad to know that Taco cannot be rehabilitated and released back in the wild where he belongs, but at least he did not have to suffer what could have been a very painful death.

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