COLORADO confirms MOUNTAIN LION attacked DOG on Tellurium Lake Trail ~ 20 ARKANSANS potentially exposed to RABIES playing with DOG ~ Other RABIES reports from AR, AL, FL, IL, NY, OR, & VA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AZ, IL, MO, & NJ.

Mountain Lion. Photo by New York Department of Conservation.

Colorado 06/27/12 A dog was critically injured this weekend when a cougar attacked while the dog was off-leash on the Tellurium Lake Trail near Ruedi Reservoir. Colorado Parks and Wildlife public information officer Mike Porras confirmed that the department received a report of the attack, which occurred Saturday afternoon. According to the report, a group was hiking down, with their dog off-leash about 20 feet in front, when they heard a scream. They ran to the scene, and saw a mountain lion holding the dog in its mouth. The hikes startled the predator, which dropped the dog and ran off. The dog is in critical condition with broken skull bones. Visitors to the area are encouraged to use caution and keep dogs either on leash, or at least under voice command. “Mountain lions are opportunistic predators,” Porras said, noting that attacking a dog that is separated from humans doesn’t qualify as unusual behavior for a mountain lion. Even if letting a dog run off-leash is legal in a particular backcountry area, “it is far, far safer … to keep the dog on a leash,” he said.


Arkansas 06/26/12 by Lindsey Tugman – Misinformation about the proper timing for vaccination has led to the loss of a family pet and more than 20 possible human exposures to rabies in Saline County.  The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed cases of rabies in both a family dog in Saline County and in a skunk living less than a mile away. This brings the total number of animals that have tested positive for rabies this year to 83, well above average. We tracked down one Saline County family who came in contact with the dog. Teresa Penix, her husband, and four children are waiting to be vaccinated for rabies, but her dogs are okay. The family visited a neighbor who took in a dog in rural Saline County. “The friend had a dog that was running, jumping and found out he tested positive for rabies,” says Penix.

At the time of their visit, the dog seemed fine but she did not know the dog didn’t have its rabies vaccinations. “We all played with the dog. The dog looked healthy,” says Penix. We found the Penix family through word of mouth. Yet, the state is remaining tight-lipped on exactly who is getting vaccinated or where this happened. “This was an area west of the city of Benton along Highway 70 and it doesn’t matter pinpointing it more because it could be anywhere,” says Dr. Susan Weinstein. Penix says her doctor’s office doesn’t have vaccine on hand, but will have it soon. Meantime, she remains tense and afraid, not knowing if her family’s been exposed to rabies. “You want your animals protected and you want your family protected,” says Penix.

The dog became ill around June 13, and progressively declined until it was euthanized and submitted for rabies testing. A number of people exposed to this dog will be undergoing a series of rabies vaccinations to prevent the development of the disease. The dog had killed a skunk approximately six weeks prior to getting sick, and had likely been bitten by the skunk at that time. The dog was not vaccinated against rabies because it was still a puppy and the owners mistakenly thought that it could not receive a rabies vaccine until it was six months old. Rabies vaccines generally are administered by veterinarians at 12 to 16 weeks of age for a dog or cat. – For complete article see

Arkansas 06/27/12 Hot Springs, Garland County: A bat found inside a woman’s apartment has tested positive for rabies. – See

Alabama 06/25/12 Troy, Pike County: A raccoon that attacked a young girl at North Ridge Circle has tested positive for rabies. – See

Florida 06/26/12 Bascom, Jackson County: A raccoon that fought with and was killed by two dogs on Wintergreen Road has tested positive for rabies. – See

Illinois 06/27/12 Shelbyville, Shelby County: A bat captured in rural Shelbyville has tested positive for rabies. This is the first positive rabies test in bats in the county since 1990. – See

New York 06/26/12 Malta, Saratoga County: The Saratogian – A young boy who was bitten by a pit bull last week is hoping the community can help him avoid a painful series of rabies shots. The 12-year-old boy was bitten by the dog at about 6 p.m. Monday, June 18, on the sidewalk in front of Chango Elementary School. According to the boy’s mother, who spoke at a Malta Town Board meeting Tuesday but did not want to be identified, the dog’s owner did nothing to prevent the attack and, after the boy had been bitten, simply said her dog “does not like kids” and walked away. Malta Town Supervisor Paul Sausville issued a statement Tuesday morning asking for the public’s help in locating the white pit bull. Sausville asked anyone who thinks they may be familiar with the dog in question to contact Malta Animal Control Officer Don Stack, 432-2737, or the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, 885-6761. Sausville said Stack has been patrolling the area where the attack occurred but has not been able to locate the dog. The town clerk also combed through the town’s dog license registry, but there is no sign of the dog. “They’ve been working on it diligently since the incident happened a week ago,” Sausville said. “We’re optimistic we can find this dog.” If the dog is not located, the child will have to begin the series of rabies shots Thursday.

Oregon 06/27/12 Marion County: A bat found inside a home northwest of Salem has tested positive for rabies. – See

Virginia 06/27/12 Isle of Wight County: by Mike Connors – A fox and a raccoon acting aggressively recently at Windsor Castle Park have tested positive for rabies. On June 14, a raccoon approached a couple on a trail and was beaten off with a walking stick, according to an Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office news release today. On Saturday, a fox near a trail entrance on Sykes Court attacked a man before being fended off. Both animals were picked up, and later tested positive for rabies, the release said. No one was hurt in either incident. – See

West Nile Virus:

Arizona 06/27/12 Maricopa County: Public health officials confirm that a woman in her 30s is the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county this year. – See

Illinois 06/27/12 Adams County: Health officials have found a mosquito sample in the county that tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See

Missouri 06/27/12 St. Louis County: Public health officials confirm that mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been found in Bel-Ridge, Normandy, Olivette, Jennings, Lemay, and unincorporated North County. – See

New Jersey 06/27/12 Union County: Four out of 63 mosquito pools analyzed in the county so far this season have tested positive for West Nile Virus: two in Clark, one in Summit, and one in Cranford. – See


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