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Feral cats infected with FIV

An outbreak of feline immunodeficiency virus has stricken more than 20 cats in the town of Alleghany, according the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office.

Most of the felines have been found and removed from one location in the 100 block of Main Street in Alleghany since June 2, the office reported.

These cats have tested positive for the disease, and several other cases are expected in the Pike area, said Sheriff John Evans.

The Alleghany outbreak was discovered with the help of a resident who had been dealing with many feral cats interacting with the resident’s house cats, which became ill.

Community and Animal Services Officer Brian Leap has been catching and transporting the sick cats for care and kenneling under agreement with the town of Truckee. The cats are not euthanized; they are treated for their illness and kenneled separately from unexposed cats.

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