Pet owners line up for vaccines after outbreak of disease

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An outbreak of a disease that can kill dogs prompted pet owners to line up early Saturday morning to get their animals vaccinated.

Folks started arriving at the Arizona Animal Welfare League around 6 a.m.

"There were a couple people here when I got here, then a whole lot of people came afterward," said dog owner Sam Warren, who showed up around 6:30 a.m.

Folks were anxious to get their dogs vaccinated for Leptospirosis, a disease that has already killed three dogs in Arizona.

There have been 50 cases in our state, and the vaccines are hard to come by.

Original story: More than 40 Valley dogs diagnosed with rare leptospirosis bacteria

"With Leptospirosis, we are seeing an increased number of cases, which usually, we don't, so that's the reason for recommending the vaccine for those dogs that are risk," said Dr. Lisa Darling with AAWL.

Leptospirosis can be transmitted through urine or water. Cases started in Scottsdale and are reaching Avondale, Gilbert and Fountain Hills. 

The symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, exhaustion and a fever. Leptospirosis is also highly contagious.

 [READ MORE: Holistic veterinarian offers natural aids amid leptspirosis outbreak]

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