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Second dog in quarantine in Pueblo rabies case

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The Pueblo Department of Health and Environment continues to investigate a case of rabies involving a puppy.

On Friday it was announced that a second dog living in the home is now under strict quarantine for evaluation. The first animal taken from the home, an 8-month old puppy, died from rabies on April 18.

"Nobody wants to lose their pet; due to the close contact these two dogs had, the second dog has been placed in strict quarantine," said Jody Carrillo, director of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness at the Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment. Carrillo added, "Unfortunately, the owner chose not to vaccinate their dogs, which would have prevented the situation. Unvaccinated pets put the public at risk and the health department's goal is to ensure the safety of the community."

Rabies is a fatal virus that affects humans as well. After rabies is contracted, it takes two weeks to six months for symptoms to start appearing. It can be transmitted as many as 10 days before symptoms occur and can be transmitted through saliva.

The health department tells News 5, on the same day that the puppy was found dead in Pueblo a rabid bat was found dead in Pueblo County. Officials are also reporting an increase in calls reporting skunks being spotted wandering around during the day. Health officials said that is a sign that they are sick and if anyone sees a skunk during the day to call them and report it.

It is a law in Pueblo that pets are vaccinated for rabies. Pet owners in violation can be fined.

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Once another pet is exposed to rabies the national policy is to euthanize the animal or confine it in a strict 180-day quarantine. During this time, the animal can not have contact with any humans or any other animals. Once an infected person or animal is showing symptoms no treatment is possible and the disease is fatal.

Health officials canvassed the neighborhood where the dogs lived last week to inform residents about the potential risk. They are asking anyone who had contact with the dogs in the 1900 block of W. 27th Street to call the department of public health at (719) 583-4307.

Here are tips from the health department about how to protect yourself and your pets.    

Vaccinate your pets for rabies – it's the law.

  • Pet dogs and cats must be up-to-date on rabies vaccinations from a local veterinarian. For information on rabies vaccine, call a local veterinarian or Pueblo Animal Services at (719) 544-3005.  Failure to vaccinate a pet is punishable by fine

Keep pets on a leash when outside a fenced yard – it's the law.

  • According to Pueblo Animal services, it is unlawful to allow a dog in the City of Pueblo to roam at large or not be on a leash in a public place and owners may be cited and fined for violations. Properly restraining animals ensures pet safety and prevents contact with potentially dangerous wildlife. If a pet comes into contact with a skunk, bat, or other wild animal, report this to local animal control.

Enjoy wildlife from a distance.

  • Do not attempt to feed, approach, or touch wild animals. Report wild animals acting abnormally (rabid animals may show no fear of people and may even seem friendly) to local animal control at (719) 544-3005.

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