NEWS RELEASE April 11, 2014
CONTACT: Danielle Tate, 972-237-8575, firstname.lastname@example.org
GRAND PRAIRIE – City officials encourage Grand Prairie residents to protect their pets against rabies after a second rabid skunk was recently found in the city.
The Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control confirms a skunk removed from an area east of State Highway 161, north of Interstate 20 and south of Mayfield Road recently tested positive for rabies.
In March, another rabid skunk was found in the vicinity of Great Southwest Parkway and South Forum Drive in southwest Grand Prairie. Grand Prairie Animal Services says skunks are usually seen at night, but can be seen 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.
Animal Services asks the public to take the following precautions:
- Vaccinate your dogs, cats and ferrets. Rabies vaccinations are required by city ordinance. Keeping your pets vaccinated protects you and them.
- Keep your pets on a leash so they do not come in contact with wild animals. Seek veterinary assistance if your animal is bitten by a wild animal.
- 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 Services at 972-237-8575.
Additional information on stopping the spread of rabies can be found at www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies or www.cdc.gov/rabies