Young Remains Under Quarantine, Pine Rabies Clinic Scheduled

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A fight between a coyote and a dog in Young led to the area remaining under quarantine, according to Gila County Rabies Control Officer Ty Goodman.

"We were just getting ready to lift the quarantine, when we found out about this coyote," he said.

The coyote was shot by the dog's owner, and turned over to rabies control for examination.

That same day, officers heard of a dead fox at a nearby residence in Young. Officers drove the fox and the coyote to the state laboratory in Phoenix and were informed that both were rabid.

The original quarantine was in response to a boy being bitten by a rabid fox last month. County officials threw a net around the community, prohibiting the free roaming of any domesticated animal. The renewed quarantine will remain in effect for another 30 days.

"Everyone has been really good about getting their animals vaccinated," Goodman said. "In fact, if the dog in that fight with the coyote had not already been vaccinated, it would have been much worse."

Co-sponsored by Dr. Alan Hallman of the Star Valley Veterinary Clinic, the rabies control department will hold a vaccination clinic May 8 at Uncle Tom's Kwik Stop in Pine. At the clinic, veterinarians will offer rabies shots for $8 per pet. County licenses will also be available for $7 each for spayed or neutered animals, or $15 for unaltered pets.

For more information about the Young quarantine, contact the rabies control office at 474-1210.

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