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3/9/04 - Smith County

Rabid Skunks Attack Dogs

  In just the past two weeks, at least three more skunks in Smith County have tested positive for rabies. And they all came in contact with family dogs. The three recent incidents happened south of Bullard, southeast of Tyler, and just south of Mineola. Several hundred rabid skunks have been caught each year for the last four years. Animal disease experts say it's important to vaccinate your pets for rabies and protect yourself.

"Assume the worst," Dr. James Wright, Zoonosis Veterinarian at the Texas Department of Health, said. "Assume that that skunk came into your yard, encountered your dog, so it may be rabid. So take care that you don't expose yourself."

  Wright says if a skunk lands in your yard or home, call Animal Control to come get it and send it off for rabies testing.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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