Puppy Diagnosed in Pueblo County, Second Exposed Dog at Large

27 Apr Puppy Diagnosed in Pueblo County, Second Exposed Dog at Large

An 8 month old puppy was diagnosed with rabies in Pueblo County. The puppy presented to a veterinary clinic after hours on 04/19/2018 for seizures, with a history of ataxia at home. The puppy did not improve with treatment and the owners elected euthanasia. The veterinarian contacted the local public health department due to the concern for rabies. Testing was completed at the state laboratory and it was positive for rabies.

A second dog that lived in the same household as the rabid dog is known to be unvaccinated. The owners have not cooperated with Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment and Animal Control’s efforts to locate and quarantine the dog.  The dog, named Penelope, has been described as a 7 year old female, brindle colored dachshund-chihuahua mix. The owners may try to bring Penelope to a veterinary clinic for care. If you believe you have seen this dog, please call the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment at 719.583.4307. This dog has direct and long-term exposure to the rabid dog — please take all necessary precautions.
Read the full press release from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, including information for veterinarians, links to resources on rabies in Colorado, and local public health department websites.