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Skunk Tests Positive For Rabies In Frisco

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FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) - Animal control officers are warning people to vaccinate their pets after a skunk tested positive for rabies in Frisco two days ago.

City animal control officers say a homeowner reported a dead skunk found in the backyard along with three dogs playing in the yard. The homeowner lives in the area of Preston and Mockingbird. The skunk was sent to Austin for testing.

The family pets have ‘current’ booster vaccinations, but are under home quarantine as a precautionary measure. The dogs will remain under quarantine for 45 days as recommended by the State. To date, the dogs do not show any signs of rabies.

Animal control officers say while skunks are naturally nocturnal animals, it’s not unusual to see an urban skunk during daylight hours. Symptoms of rabid skunks include crusty eyes and noses, disorientation and staggering. Other signs of rabies include excessive salivation and aggressive behavior.

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Frisco Animal Control officers offer the following tips to help prevent rabies:

- Vaccinate your dogs and cats. Rabies vaccinations are required by ordinance. Keeping your pets vaccinated protects you and them.

- Restrain your pets; do not allow them to roam. There is a ‘leash law’ in the City of Frisco.

- Avoid contact with wild animals and with dogs and cats you do not know. Do not try to hand-feed wild animals and do not keep them as pets.

- Do not touch sick or injured animals. Report sick or injured animals to Animal Control at 972.292.5303.

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