Rabies alert issued after Colorado puppy dies in southern Colorado

PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment issued a rabies exposure alert Wednesday after a puppy died from the rabies virus.

It had earlier been reported the puppy was purchased on Craigslist. But the Pueblo Health Department said Thursday that was not the case.

The puppy, a red miniature pinscher mix, was bought on April 12. The buyers picked it up in Penrose, about halfway between Pueblo and Canon City.

“Public Health needs help to find where this puppy came from to protect people from a chance of getting sick or dying from rabies,” the department said.

It is investigating the case alongside the same departments in Fremont and El Paso counties.

Anyone with information about the puppy or who might have sold it is asked to contact the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment at 719-583-4307.

According to the department, rabies is 99.9 percent fatal.