Posted on: March 20, 2017

Press Release: Positive Test for Rabies


On March 13, 2017, Animal Control was called to a residence in the 1100 block of McAlpin to respond to a skunk in the backyard.  The dogs in the backyard had the skunk corned under a BBQ grill.   The skunk was killed by Animal Services staff and sent off for rabies testing (to the state).

The dogs at the property were current on their rabies vaccinations.

State Law requires all cats and dogs over 4 months of age to be current on rabies vaccinations.

Public health officials recommend the following precautions to protect everyone from exposure to rabies:

*Report any sick or strange acting wildlife.

*Vaccinate pets and livestock.

*Vaccinate livestock with frequent human contact.

*Do not feed wildlife or stray animals and discourage them from seeking food near your home.

*Do not feed strays.

Do not approach an unknown animal, either wild or domestic.

*Report all animal bites and any contact with bats to the animal services. Human rabies can be prevented with a series of shots.

*Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing food outside.

*Children should be instructed to tell an adult immediately if they were bitten or scratched by any animal.

To report loose animals or sick wildlife, please contact the police non-emergency number at 972-775-3333 or
Animal Services at  972-775-7614.


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