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The Latest: 2 Colorado dogs test positive for rabies

Posted May 15

— The Latest on Colorado's first dog rabies cases in over 40 years (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

Two Colorado dogs have tested positive for rabies, the first homegrown cases of the disease in over 40 years.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Monday that one was from Weld County and the other was from Yuma County. Department spokeswoman Shannon Barbare says both tested positive after run-ins with skunks, who have been hit hard by rabies this year.

Weld County officials say the dog infected there was a puppy that had contact with four other dogs that are being monitored for rabies.

Rabies is a fatal disease for dogs and the two infected pets were euthanized.

The last case of canine rabies reported in Colorado was in 2003 when a dog from Texas tested positive. A dog hasn't contracted the disease within the state since 1974.

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2:50 p.m.

Two Colorado dogs have tested positive for rabies, the first cases of the disease reported in canines in over a decade.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Monday that the dogs are both pets. One is from Weld County and the other is from Yuma County.

The last case of rabies in a dog in Colorado was in 2003 when a dog from Texas tested positive. Health officials say it's been over 40 years since a dog was exposed to and developed rabies within the state.

There have been 41 cases of rabies found in wild animals so far this year with a higher number of rabid skunks compared to last year.

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