Two unvaccinated dogs kill rabid skunk
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:55am
KILLEEN -- Killeen Animal Control tell us they've placed two dogs in quarantine for 90 days after they killed a skunk that tested positive for rabies.
It happened on the 4000 block of Michaels Drive in Killeen but the situation is cause for concern because the two dogs were not vaccinated.
Rabies is contracted through saliva and is fatal for humans and animals.
Veterinarians say it's impossible to tell if an animal has rabies just by looking at it.
Some may show aggression while others become lethargic.
But there is a way to protect you and your pet.
"It is a lethal disease so it's not one you want to mess around with. So the best course of prevention is to vaccinate your animals ahead of time, and that way should they come in contact with a rabid animal the chance of having that disease spread to your pet or your family is minimized," Veterinarian at Hewitt Vet Clinic, Dr. Kristin Dodson said.
The law requires that all cats and dogs get vaccinated against rabies.
Rabies is a worldwide problem. Thirty thousand to 50,000 people contract rabies every year and die.