The City of Sierra Vista’s Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, or ACC, is cautioning pet owners about possible rabid wild animals in and around Santa Cruz County, which recently declared quarantine.
In Santa Cruz County, 24 skunks and four bats have been confirmed to be infected with the virus. The quarantine, passed by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on April 2, remains in effect through this year.
Rabies is spread through the bite of an infected animal and can be lethal to wild and domestic animals, as well as humans. Rabies prevention starts with pet owners; protect yourself and pets by keeping them up-to-date on vaccinations.
“We urge pet owners to exercise caution when visiting Santa Cruz County and the vicinity,” says Arleen Garcia, animal control supervisor. “Be sure to keep your pets confined and always on a leash in public.”
Individuals and their animals should also steer clear of wild animals and places where they might burrow or rest.
Should you be bitten by a rabid animal, wash bite wounds with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. If a pet is bitten, consult a veterinarian immediately. Prompt treatment before the disease develops can stop rabies infection and prevent the disease in humans and animals.
For more information, call ACC, 458.4151.