Test results for a highly contagious bacterial infection at the Pima Animal Care Center came back negative after a dog died at the shelter.
The PACC suspended non-emergency admissions earlier this week after the dog was found dead Sunday morning in a kennel. PACC vets were concerned that the dog might have atreptococcus equi zooepidemicus, or “zoo strep”, and began treating all the dogs in their care with antibiotics.
The disease is often fatal, causing severe pneumonia in dogs.
PACC veterinarians are continuing to investigate the cause of the dog’s death, a PACC spokeswoman said. They also ask people to only bring animals in an emergency due to lack of space.
Emergency admissions include an animal in medical distress, an aggressive animal, any situation involving injury to a human or animal.
Anyone else who needs to return a pet is urged to visit tucne.ws/paccpsc for resources and to exhaust all efforts to rehome the animal before contacting the shelter, or contacting other shelters in the region.
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Since operations slowed due to a potential strep zoo outbreak, PACC is hosting an adoption challenge in hopes of getting 50 dogs adopted a day through Sunday.
Adoption fees are waived and each adopter will have the chance to enter a draw to win a gift basket.
The PACC continues to be full with over 50 dogs waiting in non-public kennels. The center would need 150 dogs out of the shelter by Monday to help keep pace with the resumption of admissions, a PACC Facebook post said.
The PACC is open weekdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit pima.gov/animalcare.
The best news ever! The Strep Zoo test came back negative! The results also showed nothing contagious. Reminder, all animals have a $0 adoption fee. (A license fee of $20 may apply.) Foster care also costs $0. Stop by and meet all the medium to large dogs in need of a home! pic.twitter.com/ziP8gsUXMP
— Pima Animal Care (@PimaAnimalCare) April 28, 2022