Cleburne, TX – The City of Cleburne Animal Shelter and The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is seeking anyone who came into contact with a litter of a lab/shepherd mix puppies that were surrendered to the Cleburne Animal Shelter on May 7, 2018. Following its departure from the shelter one of the puppies was later found to have rabies. Rabies symptoms in animals can take from two weeks to two months to develop.
The infectious period that the puppies were at the Cleburne Animal Shelter, was between May 7, 2018 and May 12, 2018. Prior to being surrendered to the Cleburne Animal Shelter, the puppies were located near the area of Farm to Market 2135 and County Road 429. Anyone who came into contact with the puppies should immediately contact the DSHS regional office in Arlington at 817-264-4920 or their health care provider to determine whether they should receive treatment.
The City of Cleburne and DSHS are actively reaching out to those known persons who may have had contact with the puppies.
The Cleburne Animal Shelter has located all of the five puppies in the litter.
As a matter of protocol, the Cleburne Animal Shelter remains closed until further notice. The Cleburne Animal Shelter is still responding to field calls. Animals that need to be surrendered will be directed to Humane Society of North Texas in Ft. Worth.
Rabies is a viral illness that can be transmitted to humans through an infected animal’s saliva. The illness can be prevented with treatment before symptoms begin. However, once a person has symptoms, the disease is almost always fatal.
More information relating to rabies and rabies exposures is available at http://dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/rabies/
Contact: Officer Kerri A. Abbott
Public Information Officer