Posted: Dec 21, 2010 3:52 PM by Greg Boyce
Another skunk has tested positive for rabies in Pueblo County. The latest skunk was found near Baxter Road along the Arkansas River east of Pueblo. This is the fourth skunk to test positive for rabies in Pueblo County in 2010.
"It is important for pet owners to protect their pets from rabies with a rabies vaccine. Look at your pet's tag or medical papers and make sure they have their current rabies vaccine," stated Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods. She added, "Skunks, that may have rabies, can be found near houses and interacting with people and pets."
If you see a skunk during daylight hours acting abnormally, such as stumbling or acting overly aggressive, you are advised to call Pueblo Animal Services at (719) 544-3005.
While rabies is most commonly found in bats, people and pets should avoid contact with skunks and other wild animals such as foxes or raccoons, since these animals may be rabid.
Here are some key rabies prevention steps: