Rabid Skunk Found in Killeen
Another reason to stay away from skunks - they could have rabies. A rabid skunk was found in a Killeen yard this past Saturday.
According to a Killeen Police Department press release, On May 24, Animal Control was called out to the 4500 block of Greyhound Drive after a dog chased a skunk out of a yard. The skunk was later found dead in another backyard. Testing showed it had rabies.
I would have never thought to call Animal Control for a skunk running out of the yard, but you are supposed to.
Animal Control Officers also advise all residents :
- Make sure you pet's rabies shots are up to date.
- Supervise your pets and/or children when they are outdoors even in fenced yards
- Do not approach or touch any wild animal
- Report any sick or injured animals or any unusual animal activity to the Killeen Animal Control Unit.
During normal operating hours – 254-526-4455
After normal operating hours – 254—501-8800
Your unvaccinated pet could have rabies before you know it. The disease is transmitted through saliva, so a whole bunch of people could get infected before the pet even shows symptoms.
Protect yourself and your neighbors and get your pets vaccinated!