Rabies quarantine takes effect in Santa Cruz County - Tucson News Now

Rabies quarantine takes effect in Santa Cruz County

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By Teresa Jun - email

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, AZ (KOLD) - An alarming number of rabies cases in Santa Cruz County has authorities taking drastic action.  They're activating a 60-day countywide quarantine, effective December 2.

So far this year, Santa Cruz Animal Control has confirmed 54 rabies cases -- mostly in wild skunks.  That's nearly double the amount of rabies cases typically seen in a normal year.

The quarantine requires that pet owners get their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies, keep dogs confined to their property or on a leash (no loose dogs on the streets), do not feed wild animals, do not keep pet food outdoors after sundown.

These are all standard rules in Santa Cruz County, but now, animal control officers say they will be strictly enforced.

In order to encourage more pets to be vaccinated, the county will offer low-cost rabies vaccination clinics on the following dates:

- Dec. 19 in Tubac

- Jan. 9 in Rio Rico

- Jan. 16 in Nogales

- Jan. 23 in Sonoita & Patagonia

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