Here is a stellar example of government failing the people. http://www.macon.com/news/local/article188038824.html http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local/cr...ptions-before-cutting-dogs-head-off/496959377 Normally, a dog that bites a person is kept under observation for 10 days. In cases where the animal can't be observed, because it is dead, the only way to know for sure if it was rabid is to test the brain. There is a specific way that the head is removed to minimize exposure to potentially-infected neurological tissue. When I have to do this, I am alone in a closed room without help because I have been vaccinated for rabies; I also use proper protective clothing to minimize the risk of disease transmission. Either the health department contact who told the cops what to do is a moron, or the cops majorly misinterpreted what needed to be done. Regardless of the unnecessary risk on multiple levels, no one should be forced to do such an act or face arrest. The article indicates that they gave the owner the option of taking the body to a vet and paying for decapitation, but that is not his responsibility either. Once the government decides it needs to do a rabies test because of public health, it is the State's responsibility to accomplish the testing. Since testing is so critical for the bite victim's health, you would think that they would want everything done correctly to ensure a valid test, similar to securing the chain of evidence, so to speak.