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Herald photo by John Stennes. Russell and Regina Goodhall of rural Thief River Falls, Minn. with their pet Pekingese Cassandra that was attacked by a rabid skunk. Regina rescued Cassandra from the skunk and Russell killed it with a shovel.

Thief River Falls woman rescues nearly blind dog from rabid skunk

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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - Russell and Regina Goodhall were enjoying a quiet Saturday morning Feb. 11 at their home near Thief River Falls -- he was talking on the phone, and she was on the computer -- when Regina heard a loud yipping sound coming from outside.

"I went to the back porch door, and there was something black hanging off the neck of one of my dogs," Regina said.

The dog was Cassandra, a 12-year-old Pekingese who is nearly blind.

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