Smith County Animal Control releases advisory after skunk tests positive for rabies

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Texas Department of State Health Services advised Smith County Animal Control on Thursday, of one skunk testing positive for rabies.

The skunk was found near 19000 County Road 437 in Lindale, according to a Smith County Animal Control (SCAC) press release. The know individuals and animals with possible exposure have been identified and addressed.

The SCAC urges people to refrain from handling wild animals, such as bats skunks, and raccoons.

It is important for children to tell their parents of any contact with any wild or sick animals, according to the SCAC.

"If you or anyone you know has been bitten by an animal, the bite incident must be reported to the Local Rabies Control Authority for proper investigation. Smith County Animal Control advises all citizens to confirm that their dogs and cats are currently vaccinated for rabies.

Smith County Ordinance requires regular rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats. Not complying could result in a Class C misdemeanor for failure to vaccinate your dogs and cats after 4 months of age."

Anyone with questions on rabies control may contact Smith County Animal Control at 903-266-4303.

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