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Four kittens die after attacked by rabid skunk in Amado

TUCSON – Four kittens have died after more than a dozen pets were exposed to a potentially rabid skunk in Amado in May.

According to Pima Animal Care Center, a woman contacted the shelter on June 4 about a possibly rabid skunk interacting with several pets two weeks prior. PACC removed 15 cats and kittens, and two dogs from the property and placed the animals in quarantine.

Pima Animal Care Center

PACC said the two dogs involved were placed on a 45-day quarantine. The dogs were said to have had prior rabies vaccines.

However, the felines involved were placed on a 120-day quarantine as none of the cats had previous history of receiving the rabies vaccine. Authorities say two of the four kittens that recently passed away tested positive for rabies.

Officials say the woman, exposed family members, neighbors and animals nearby the property were treated for rabies exposure.

Anyone who gets in contact with possible rabid wildlife, is advised to call 520-724-7797.

PACC recommends pet owners to make sure that their pests are current on their rabies vaccinations. For more information, visit nokillpimacounty.org.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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