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Agencies devise disaster plans for animals

Veterinarians, disaster volunteers and animal welfare experts throughout Arizona are crafting emergency response plans to handle pets and livestock that are harmed or displaced during wildfires, flash floods and bioterrorism attacks. Disaster response teams are working on setting up animal shelters and identifying organizations to assist during emergencies. They also are educating emergency responders and ranchers about recognizing contagious diseases and quarantining livestock. Wildfires and flash floods were the state’s main concern previously, but following the 2001 terrorist attacks, residents realized no one – including animals – was immune from being devastated by disasters, said Peder Cuneo, a University of Arizona veterinarian. “A real concern is that livestock may be involved in a bioterrorism event,” Cuneo said. Full Story

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