NEW YORK POST:
An animal lover died after being bitten by a puppy she rescued that was infected with rabies, according to reports.
Birgitte Kallestad passed away Monday — more than two months after taking in the dog she found roaming the streets of the Philippines, the family said in a statement reported by the Daily Mail.
“Our dear Birgitte loved animals,” her family said. “Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like her.”
The 24-year-old Norwegian was on vacation with her pals and riding mopeds when they came across the pooch.
Kallestad scooped the stray up and placed it in her basket to take back to her resort.
The group bathed and played with the dog — unaware that it was carrying the deadly but treatable viral disease.
The family said everyone sustained minor bites and scratches and that Kallestad, who worked at a hospital in Norway, treated the tiny cuts she sustained.
But soon after returning home, she became sick and was hospitalized several times — as doctors scrambled to figure out what was wrong. She died eight days after being admitted into the hospital where she worked.