Rabid skunk attacks dog repeatedly

Dog owner shoots skunk
Dec. 18, 2013 @ 05:31 PM

The Davidson County Health Department reports the eighth case of rabies for the year. On Dec. 15, a rabid skunk was found in Lexington. The skunk repeatedly attacked a dog that was tied outside. The owner of the dog shot and killed the skunk. The dog has been destroyed. There was no human exposure reported.

The Health Department offers this warning: Do not handle an animal with bare hands after it has had contact with a wild animal. Saliva from the wild animal may still be present on the domestic animal's fur and by handling the animal, you may expose yourself to the rabies virus.

If there are stray dogs, cats, or wildlife in your neighborhood, call Animal Control at 249-0131. If a pet is suspected to have been in contact with a wild animal, call the Rabies Hot Line at 242-2348.