The bobcat that tangled with Ivan McLaws' dog on Oct. 9, and was ultimately destroyed by McLaws, was rabid, according to Ty Goodman of Gila County Animal Control.
The attack occurred around 8 p.m. on the porch of McLaws' residence in the Knolls.
McLaws' dog, a Golden Retriever, is in quarantine at home following a rabies booster shot. The dog must remain quarantined for 45 days, Goodman said.
"This is such an easy process when a dog's rabies shots are current," Goodman said. "If it had not been current, the dog would have to be quarantined for six months at the humane society."
At $7 a day, the six-month quarantine, at the owner's expense, quickly adds up to more than $1,260.
It generally costs less than $20 for a veterinarian to vaccinate your dog.