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  • PACC closure to extend through Jan. 23

    Jan 20, 2023 | Read More News
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    PIMA COUNTY, Jan. 20, 2023 – Pima Animal Care Center will be closed to all non-emergency services through the end of the day Monday, Jan. 23, due to multiple positive cases of Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus or “Strep zoo.”

    PACC first announced the closure on Jan. 17. Based on additional dogs experiencing symptoms since Tuesday and pending test results, the shelter’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, has recommended that the facility stay closed until at least Jan. 24.

    Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services, said that the shelter is anticipating beginning to restore limited services on Jan. 24, barring any additional cases of severe pneumonia, a symptom of Strep zoo.

    “PACC is anxious to get back to normal,” said Dangler. “However, we want to make sure that we’re doing right by the community and the pets in our care.”

    As of Jan. 20, PACC has had four dogs in the shelter test positive for Strep zoo. In addition, five dogs are in quarantine pending test results and two dogs were euthanized due to severe illness likely caused by Strep zoo. Results for these seven cases are expected within the next few days.

    PACC is currently closed to anyone wishing to adopt or foster. The shelter is still looking for fosters for dogs coming in from Animal Protection Services emergencies. Anyone able to foster can fill out this form and shelter staff will be in contact.dog in kennel

    The shelter will accept animals for intake in emergency situations only. Emergency intake includes:

    • Pets in medical distress

    • Pets who pose a public safety risk

    • Any situation involving an injury to a human or animal

    Anyone who finds a stray that is injured, ill, or posing a public safety risk, please contact the Animal Protection Services dispatch line at (520) 724-5900 and press 4.

    If a member of the public finds a healthy stray animal, it is imperative that they attempt to find the owner following the steps on PACC’s website. Keeping pets with their families is the best way to ensure that animals stay healthy. Bringing a pet to PACC at this time may place that pet at risk of exposure. Additionally, PACC’s Pet Support Center will be available via phone at (520) 724-7222 to assist those needing to find the homes of lost pets or needing resources for their own pets.

    As always, PACC is grateful for the community’s support during this trying time. Further announcements can be found on PACC's website.