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Three Dogs Put Down in Killeen After Attack with Rabid Skunk

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KILLEEN, TX - (KCEN) – Since January there have been 22 positive rabies cases between McLennan, Bell and Coryell counties. The latest case was in Killeen over the weekend where three dogs were put down by their owners because of contact with a rabid skunk.

“We’ve had more animals now that are coming up with rabies, so now is the time to pay attention,” Lee Caufield with Killeen Animal Control said.

Animal Control posted fliers on homes around the 4500 block of Greyhound Drive to warn families of the rabid baby skunk that was killed on Saturday. “One dog actually chased the skunk out of its back yard, and the skunk went into a second yard where two other dogs attacked it and killed it,” Caufield said.

This week tests came back the skunk was positive for rabies, and the two dog owners put down the three dogs, and put another in quarantine.

And this isn’t the first time dogs have come into contact with skunks in this neighborhood. Two other neighbors had their dogs sprayed by skunks over the last two weeks.

“I am very concerned because my dog got sprayed several times. I’ve looked all over my dog, but it was a small skunk so I don’t know if there are puncture wounds,” Anna Pino said. Her German shepherd was sprayed multiple times in the face on Friday by a baby skunk that had gotten into her yard, but she isn’t sure if it is the same one that was killed a few houses down.

“I’m just afraid you know,” she said. “It’s just a baby so there has to be a momma skunk around here.  I’m a little leery to leave him out all day long.”

While Caufield says the virus is transferred by bodily fluids like saliva or blood, he says it’s not spread by the skunk’s spray.

He says the best thing to do is have your pets vaccinated for rabies to reduce the probability of catching the virus. Also make sure your fence is secure, and remove any food or water that might attract wild animals.

And because you may not know if your pet has been bitten or scratched, Caufield says to keep a close eye on your animals. “If their demeanor changes suddenly, like if they’re passive and they turn aggressive, or if they’re energetic and become lethargic, use your vet,” he said.

Since January Bell County has had six positive rabies cases, McLennan also had six, and Coryell had 10. In 2013 those three counties combine saw 58 positive rabies cases, with most being skunks.

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