In "The Barking Death," William Powell plays a doctor who must find a rabid dog on the loose. This is one of Suspense's "based on fact" episodes from 1954.
(Today, worldwide, one person dies from rabies every ten minutes. September 28 is World Rabies Day.)
As the episode opens, Dr. Paul Miller arrives at the home of a man who has suffered a dog bite. The doctor who called him explains the situation. The man didn't get treatment right away and now he is showing symptoms of rabies. Dr. Miller agrees that the man's condition is serious and orders that the dog be taken away for testing at the health center.
The next morning, Dr. Miller arrives at the center to discover that there has been a robbery. Three microscopes have been stolen, and the dog is missing from its cage.
The police and other officials quickly put out a warning to the community that there is a rapid dog loose in their town.
Meanwhile, the burglar who took the dog gives it to a little boy...
Can Dr. Miller find the dog in time?
"The Barking Death" was written by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. Elliott Lewis produced and directed. William Powell starred. Also appearing were Junius Matthews, Dick Beals, Joseph Kearns, Hy Averback, Ted Bliss, Jack Kruschen, Paula Winslowe, and Jean Wood. This episode aired on March 1, 1954.
(Image of William Powell from Wikipedia)