Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Rabies Confirmed in Cats Attacked by Skunk

Posted By on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 2:27 PM

click to enlarge Several cats were exposed to a rabid skunk in Amado, according to the Pima Animal Care Center. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Several cats were exposed to a rabid skunk in Amado, according to the Pima Animal Care Center.
A dastardly skunk has left more than a dozen animals in quarantine after a confirmed case of rabies in Amado, according to the Pima Animal Care Center.

PACC was called on June 4 by a resident of the Southern Pima County enclave who reported that she and several of her cats had encountered a possibly rabid skunk.

The run-in reportedly occurred two weeks prior to the woman's call to PACC, according to the release, with 15 cats/kittens and two dogs removed from the property by animal protection officers.

Four of the kittens died, with two of the four testing positive for rabies, according to the release. The other kittens are in a 120-day quarantine due to not having a vaccine. The two dogs exposed will be placed in a 45-day quarantine, as they have been vaccinated against the disease.

The skunk is still on the lam, having evaded capture after its encounter with the four-legged compadres.

PACC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Wilcox said anyone living in the Amado region that comes into regular contact with pets and livestock should remain under close examination, looking for changes in their health.

For more information or to report someone that's been exposed, contact the Pima County Health Department at (520) 724-7797. 

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