The third animal to test positive for rabies in the city, a raccoon, was discovered Saturday, according to police.
The Texas Department of Health notified the Animal Control Unit on Tuesday that a raccoon found Saturday in the 1600 block of Connie Avenue tested positive for the rabies virus.
Animal Control officers responded to the area earlier Saturday in reference to a raccoon lying under a shrub and behaving strangely, according to a news release from the police department.
The raccoon was picked up and was processed for testing at the Texas Department of Health, Austin laboratory.
The raccoon is not the first animal this year to test positive for the virus.
On March 7, a skunk tested positive for rabies in the 900 block of Park, and on May 8, a raccoon, which later was found to have rabies, was killed by a dog in the 1100 block of West Lincoln.
The rabies virus can be deadly to humans and animals.
The city is asking residents to take the following precautions:
- Make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are up-to-date.
- Supervise your pets and/or children when they are outdoors, even in fenced yards.
- Do not approach or touch any wild animal.
Report any sick or injured animals or any unusual activity to the Animal Control Unit at 254-547-5584 during normal operating hours, or 254-547-8222 after normal operating hours.