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Pima Animal Care Center closed Monday, Jan. 23, reports no new 'Strep zoo' cases

PACC reports two dogs euthanized, "due to severe illness likely caused by Strep zoo"
PACC is once again accepting new dogs, but director Monica Dangler says the shelter is currently at "max capacity."
Posted at 12:07 PM, Jan 20, 2023

UPDATE 01/23

Pima Animal Care Center has shared that no new cases of 'Strep zoo' have been detected since the four positive-tests last week.

As of Friday, PACC reported that it was awaiting test results for five symptomatic dogs, but today shared that test results did not show new cases of the illness.

As the shelter prepares to re-open, spokespeople say they are looking for fosters:

PACC is in need of emergency fosters to take incoming dogs that have not yet entered the shelter to keep them from being exposed to a highly infectious disease.

These dogs have not been exposed in the shelter. If you are able to open your homes to these pets, please complete the form below and someone will be in contact.

PACC is providing this foster sign-up form for those interested.

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Pima Animal Care Center is extending its closure through Monday, Jan. 23 as it continues to deal with multiple cases of Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus or “Strep zoo” in the facility.

Strep zoo is highly infectious, and has no vaccine and few warning signs, PACC spokespeople say. As of Thursday, PACC has had four dogs test positive, and has an additional five dogs in quarantine awaiting test results.

The shelter says it has had to euthanize two dogs "due to severe illness likely caused by Strep zoo."

The closure, first announced on Tuesday, Jan. 17, is being extended at the recommendation of the shelter’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox.

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

Emergency services do remain available at PACC during the extended closure. Those include intakes for:

  • animals experiencing medical distress
  • animals who pose a risk to public safety
  • animals who are injured, or are involved in an injury to a person

Calling the Animal Protection Services dispatch line at (520) 724-5900 is the best course of action for emergency situations, says PACC.

RELATED: Pima Animal Care Center reopens Tuesday, Jan. 24

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