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Maui residents line up to get cats vaccinated

June 16, 2014 - 11:50pm

KAHULUI, Maui — Hundreds of Maui residents lined up over the weekend to get their cats vaccinated against a potentially deadly virus that reached the island late last month.

The Maui News reports about 250 people lined up with their cats for the shots on Sunday. But only 150 felines were immunized. Others were turned away because of limited vaccine supply.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui in Kahului offered the vaccinations against the panleukopenia virus on a first-come, first-served basis.

The virus is prevalent on the mainland but is new to Maui.

The Hawaiian Humane Society’s communications and events manager says no cat at their Honolulu clinic has the virus. But she doesn’t know whether other Oahu cats may have it.

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