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Rabid skunk killed at Church View

by Tom Chillemi

The sixth case of rabies in Middlesex County since March 21 was confirmed on August 26, said Middlesex chief animal control officer Ricky Warren.

On Monday, August 24, about 7 a.m. a skunk chased two dogs and two puppies in a yard on Mink Field Road in Church View, Warren said. A Middlesex deputy shot and killed the skunk, which tested positive for rabies.

The two Border Collie mix adult dogs had valid rabies vaccinations. They will get booster vaccinations and be quarantined and observed for 45 days.

As a precaution, the two puppies, which had not been vaccinated, will be under strict quarantine without human contact for six months.

Under state law, dogs and cats must be vaccinated at the age of 4 months, said Warren.

Warren reminds owners to check their pet’s rabies vaccination records. Rabies is spread by saliva from an infected animal and is always fatal once symptoms are present.

posted 08.26.2009

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