Cochise County reminds residents to vaccinate animals after fox tests positive for rabies

Cochise County reminds residents to vaccinate animals after fox tests positive for rabies

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is confirming that a fox, involved in an attack on two dogs, has tested positive for rabies.

According to a CCSO release, a USDA agent advised he was contacted by a man on April 15 about a fox that had come onto his property and attacked his dogs.

The man could not confirm if the dogs were injured, but told officials that he had contact with the animals. He did confirm that one dog was current on its shots but the other was not and there were also several feral cats on the remote property, west of Bisbee in the Mule Mountains.

Due to contact with the dogs and the possible human exposure, the fox was found and taken to the State lab for testing; results came back positive for rabies.

The dog’s owner told the CCSO that he would be working with Animal Control personnel for processing his animals, and that he would begin the rabies shot treatments himself.

CCSO is reminding those who have animals to make sure they are vaccinated and that those shots are current. Being proactive now prevents the hassle of playing catch up later.

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