May 17, 2012 6:18 PM by Greg Boyce
The rabies outbreak continues in the Pueblo area. So far 13 skunks have tested positive for rabies, and 13 dogs have been euthanized after contact with rabid skunks.
"It is unfortunate that any person's pet has to be put to sleep, but it can be necessary to prevent the pet from giving rabies to its owners," stated Heather Maio, Environmental Health director at the Pueblo City-County Health Department. She added, "In the situation of your pet coming in contact with a rabid skunk, a pet's life can be saved when it is up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations."
This weekend low-cost vaccinations are being offered in Pueblo:
So far this year, rabid skunks have been found in the following areas:
Most rabid skunks found in Pueblo have been during daylight hours. The skunks were acting strange and behaving abnormally aggressive or tame and approaching other animals or humans. "Skunks actually climbed over a fence into a dog kennel, and others have been seen wandering into fenced yards at homes," Maio explained.
"Be cautious of skunks, bats, foxes, raccoons, or other wildlife acting strangely during the daytime" stated Maio. "If animals are seen during the daytime, falling over, acting aggressive, hissing, or walking in circles avoid contact and call authorities," she emphasized.
It is important to report wildlife that may have or has come in contact with your pet as the Health Department will help determine if the pet needs to receive a rabies vaccination booster or be quarantined. A quarantine can be a minimum of 10 days, often at a home, or may last up to six months at a facility. Quarantines are necessary to protect your family or other humans as well as other pets. Call to report a skunks and other suspicious wildlife you see during daylight hours.