Kennewick man, dog pick up ticks on Easter stroll

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Arnold Porter of Kennewick wasn't thinking about ticks when he took his miniature schnauzer, Roxy, for an Easter walk on Bateman Island.

The underbrush on the Richland island was infested with ticks. When he returned home Porter found them crawling on Roxy and himself.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/RINg1n ) Porter rushed out for flea and tick shampoo, gave Roxy a late-night bath and found more than 100 dead ticks on the shower floor.

The Benton Franklin Health District says it hears more about ticks this time of year as people return to the outdoors and encounter the blood-sucking arachnids.

The state Health Department says ticks should be quickly but gently removed because they can spread diseases.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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