Pitbull bites five in first recorded case of rabies since 1975

Owner had altered dog’s vaccination record

A pitbull that attacked four children and an adult in Argés, Toledo on Monday was found to be rabid, constituting the first instance of the disease in Spain since an outbreak in Málaga in 1975. The animal’s vaccination record stated it had received a jab in December before being taken to Morocco, where it remained for four months. Its owner, who was arrested on charges of criminal negligence resulting in injury, changed the animal’s vaccination history several times.

A two-year-old remained in hospital Monday but had been moved from the emergency ward. The Castilla-La Mancha regional government has ordered the compulsory vaccination of dogs, cats and ferrets within a 20-kilometer radius of Argés.