Third rabid skunk case reported in Davidson

Four unvaccinated dogs put down in three attacks
Mar. 14, 2014 @ 02:51 PM

Davidson County reports that as of March 13, four unvaccinated dogs in three incidents attacked rabid skunks and had to be destroyed, 

The most recent incident occurred March 13 when a rabid skunk was attacked and killed by a dog in the Finch Park area of Lexington.

On March 2, the second rabid skunk was found in the Pilot community. The skunk was attacked and killed by two dogs.

The first case — a rabid skunk in the Lexington area — was reported Feb. 24.

Human exposure was not reported in any of the three cases.

The health department issues this warning with each report of a rabies case: Do not handle your 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.

The Davidson County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Davidson County Health Department in Lexington. Dr. Greg Hedrick will administer the vaccines. The cost is $5.

Report stray dogs, cats, or wildlife in your neighborhood to  Animal Control at 249-0131. Call the Rabies Hot Line at 242-2348 if you or your pet comes in contact with another animal.