News 12 at 11 o'clock, August 4, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga. - You'd do almost anything for a family member and for a lot of people their pets are like family. That's exactly how it is the McCaller household. James McCullar was exposed to rabies after stopping a rabid raccoon from attacking, Sebastian, his dog.
He and his wife, Debbie, were outside enjoying the sunshine when a 12-pound rabid raccoon attacked 7-pound Sebastian.
"I heard one of them scream like I never heard them scream before. So I ran down the hill and Sebastian came flying out of the woods. He had something dark hanging on him, I said, 'what in the world?' "
Their south Augusta home is surrounded by woods.
"I don't know how Sebastian got as far as he did with that much weight," says Mr. McCullar
Sebastian is the McCullar family's two year old Maltese. James and Debbie have four of them.
Sebastian's okay because he'd been vaccinated. James is now receving a series of shots to treat it.
"And the shots aren't fun," says Mr. McCullar.
His wife says this should send up a red flag for you and your family.
"I would highly suggest that if you get bit by anything, whether it's a squirrel, rabbit or whatever. Go to your doctor immediately."