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Oct 6, 2010 12:34 PM by Bea Karnes

Second rabid skunk found in Pueblo

A skunk has tested positive for rabies in Pueblo, this time in the Belmont neighborhood.

This is the second rabid skunk to be identified in Pueblo in the past month. The first skunk was on the far southside of the city.

Shylo Dennison, Public Information Officer for the Pueblo City-County Health Department, said, "Now that rabid skunks have been identified on both sides of town, the important thing is to assume that they are everywhere. People all over Pueblo need to be cautious."

Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, Public Health Director of the Health Department, recommends:

  • Avoid contact with bats, skunks and foxes
  • Keep all pets on leashes
  • Report wildlife acting strange or odd, especially during daylight hours, to Animal Control immediately 719-544-3005

The Belmont skunk was walking in circles in a parking lot during the day. The parking lot is on Douglas Lane, near Jerry Murphy Road.

Rabies is spread primarily through the bite of rabid mammals and is almost always fatal. Make sure that your pet's vaccine is up to date.

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