Two skunks have been found within the first two weeks that carried the rabies virus in Burleson.
The first rabid skunk was found on January 29 on Lynwood Lane when two dogs killed it. The second rabid skunk was captured on February 13 running on Wilshire Blvd during the daytime. The dogs from the first skunk are being isolated in their house for 45 days. It is believed that the second rabid skunk didn’t come in contact with any animals.
In 2012 the Texas Department of Health determined that seven skunks had the rabies virus. In Texas rabies is cyclically found in skunks. Other animals to watch out for that could be rabid are bats, raccoon, foxes and coyotes. Other smaller rodents such as squirrels, chipmunks and hares are not susceptible to the virus. Dogs, cats horses and cattle are the most affected when attacked by a rabid animal. `
The best way to protect you family and domesticated animals from rabies is to inoculate them and keep up to date on their shots.
Some tips to keep your pets safe (DSHS)
Cats should remain inside and dogs kept within an enclosed fence.
Spraying or neutering will make pets less interesting to the animals.
Children should not touch strange animals especially the friendly ones.
Avoid animals that exhibit confused or hostile behavior and nocturnal ones that are seen during the day
Don’t touch animals that don’t move but do call Burleson Animal Services at 817-426-9283.
Don’t leave pet food outside
Stay away from wild animals and don’t try to domesticate them.
Make sure domesticated animals that have been cross bred with wild ones have been inoculated