Rabid skunk found in Churchland
The Davidson County Health Department reports the second case of rabies for the year.
On February 21, a rabid skunk was found in the Churchland community. The skunk was found inside a dog lot with a dog that had an expired vaccine. That animal has been destroyed. The owner shot and killed the skunk. There was no human exposure reported.
The Davidson County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic on from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Davidson County Health Department in Lexington.
Dr. Greg Hedrick will administer the vaccines. The cost is $5 per vaccination.
The Animal Awareness Society, a nonprofit, will hold a rabies clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Riders in the Country, 5701 Randleman Road, Randleman. The clinic is open to Davidson County residents. The cost is $5. Cats should be in carriers ad dogs on a leash.
Pet owners should bring previous vaccination certificates, not tags. The clinic also offers distemper shots for $6, nail trimming for $5 and microchip for $20. For more information, call 498-6013.
According to the health department, 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.
Stray dogs, cats or wildlife may be reported 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.