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NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Retta Ward, Cabinet Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kenny Vigil
November 18, 2013 Cell: 505-470-2290
Department of Health Confirms Rabies in Valencia County Dog
Investigation underway to identify any possible exposed persons or animals
(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health is conducting interviews after it confirmed rabies in a 6-month-old dog from Valencia County late last week. There are no known people or other animals that were bitten by the dog while it was contagious. But the Department is talking to the owner of the dog, staff at the shelter, and volunteers who walked other dogs at the facility to look for potential exposures.
The rabid dog has since been euthanized. It had been trapped and taken to the Valencia County Animal Shelter the previous week as it had been harassing livestock and killing chickens. The rabid dog had not been vaccinated against rabies.
“The rabid dog was in the adoptable pet area of the Valencia County Animal Shelter on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week. It was a black Labrador/German Shepherd cross, about 6 months old, and had a white heeler mix in the same kennel with it. Though there is a solid gate at the front of the kennel it is possible to reach over the top and have contact with the dog,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, the Department of Health’s Public Health Veterinarian. “Anyone who was in the adoptable area during this time and had contact with this particular dog should call the health department to discuss potential exposures.”
“This case shows why it’s so important in to keep your pets’ rabies vaccinations up-to-date,” said Retta Ward, MPH, Cabinet Secretary for Department of Health. “Unvaccinated pets or pets not up-to-date on their rabies vaccination can be exposed to a wild animal with rabies and put your family members at unnecessary risk and exposure to a dangerous and fatal disease.”
Transmission of rabies virus usually occurs when infected saliva of a rabid animal is passed to an uninfected animal. The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of a rabid animal, though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth, open wounds) with infected saliva.
The following guidelines can help protect you and your family from rabies:
Keep pets on a leash at all times. Pets should be up-to-date on rabies vaccinations and wearing current license tags on their collar. If your cat or dog has been bitten or scratched, call your pet’s veterinarian, even if the wound is superficial.
Horses and other valuable livestock should be considered for rabies vaccination also to protect them from wild rabid animals that may attack them.
Stay away from wild or unfamiliar animals. Do not attempt to feed, approach, or touch wild animals (alive or dead). Teach this important message to your children and keep a close eye on your kids at all times.
If you see a sick or dead wild animal, or a wild animal acting abnormally, report it to your local animal control authorities. Rabid animals may show no fear of people and may even seem friendly or become aggressive.
Don’t leave pet food, water, or filled garbage cans out overnight as this could attract wild animals to your home.
If you are bitten or scratched by a wild animal or a pet, the Department of Health recommends the following guidelines:
Wash all wounds and contact areas thoroughly with soap and water.
Contact your health care provider immediately for evaluation. The Department of Health is available to health care providers for consultation about rabies at (505) 827-0006.
Call the local animal control department to report the incident; provide them with an accurate description of the animal.
Try to keep the animal confined, but don’t risk further injury if the animal is dangerous.
Keep children away from all animals involved in the incident.
For more information about rabies visit the Department of Health’s website at http://nmhealth.org/ERD/HealthData/rabies.shtml.
Valencia County Animal Shelter
Spay / Neuter Clinic a Success
The Valencia County Animal Shelter, together with the Santa Fe Animal Humane Society held its first Spay/Neuter Clinic at the El Cerro Mission Community Center. The event was held on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday the 4th of March. We had an excellent turnout as the Team conducted 107 surgical procedures and 105 dogs came out for the shot clinic conducted during our down time. The event went so well that an additional 57 people have already signed up for round two. The Valencia County Shelter staff is already making plans for its second clinic to be held in June 1, 2, and 3rd. This event was held at the El Cerro Mission Community Center. Although out of the way, people came from each corner of the county to take advantage of these low prices; we charged $30 for cats and $40 for dogs. We want to thank the sponsors of the event, they were: The Valencia Valley Kennel Club, The Zimmer Foundation, Friends of the Shelter, the Moose Lodge and The Valencia County Animal Shelter. Food was donated for all team members and volunteers by:Paradise Donuts
The above site does not have pictures of all animals currently at the shelter. If you have a lost pet go directly to the shelter to be assured they are not there.
There are rescues and shelters outside of Valencia County that are willing to take some of our adoptable pets into rescue. Help is needed to drive them from the shelter to locations in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and several shelters in Colorado. If you would like to offer your time and vehicle to help get some of our shelter pets to safe places outside of Valencia County you can sign on as a transport volunteer. Call the shelter at 866-2479 x3 and ask for Patty, the rescue transfer coordinator.
Please Spay/Neuter Your Pets
Low cost spay-neuter for low-income families
HART is offering low cost spay and neuter of pets for low income families in Valencia County. Income eligibility and co-pays are required. Call 505-433-9869 to get more information about how to qualify. This opportunity is based on a grant so will not be available for long.
Thanks to Our Friends of the Shelter Donors:
Donations made by people who have supported the Friends of the Shelter program at offsite adoption events, at the shelter, and by mail, have been used to purchase a mobile power washer to clean the walkways, exercise pens, kennels in the animal control trucks and other hard surfaces around the shelter. This is another step forward in improving the sanitation efforts at the Valencia County Animal Shelter. Donations to be used for future projects can be mailed to: Friends of the Shelter, P.O.Box 1285, Peralta, NM 87042. Donations are tax deductible. EIN #85-0478175.