kILLEEN, TEXAS — Killeen Animal Control Officers responded to the 4500 block of Greyhound Drive on Saturday, May 24, in reference to a dog chasing a skunk out of the yard of a residence. A call was later received advising officers that the skunk was found dead in the backyard of another residence. The skunk was picked up and per protocol it was processed for testing at the Texas Department of State Health Service, Austin Laboratory.
The Texas Department of State Health Services notified the Killeen Animal Control Unit on May 27, 2014 that the skunk had tested positive for the rabies virus.
Animal Control Officers will be distributing handouts in the area of Greyhound to ensure the residents of that area are aware of this incident, the potential danger that has been identified and have a chance to prepare.
We ask that all citizens to take the following precautions:
Make sure your pets rabies vaccinations are up to date
Supervise your pets and/or children when they are outdoors even in fenced yards
Do not approach or touch any wild animal
Report any sick or injured animals or any unusual animal activity to the Killeen Animal Control Unit at:
During normal operating hours – 254-526-4455
After normal operating hours – 254—501-8800
The rabies virus is deadly to humans and animals; be cautious and observant.