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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:53 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

GATESVILLE — A fourth rabid skunk was confirmed in Gatesville this month, Police Chief Nathan Gohlke said Wednesday.

The latest case was reported in the 400 block of Valley View Drive on Saturday by a homeowner who reported her dog “messing with a skunk,” Gohlke said.

Animal control officers killed the skunk and sent it to the Texas Department of Health Services in Austin for testing, he said, and results came back positive for rabies Wednesday.

Similar skunk sightings were reported March 13, March 2 and March 1. In each case, the skunks were killed and tested positive for rabies.

All four cases involved contact with other animals, Gohlke said.

In the first three instances, dogs that were in contact with the animals had been vaccinated for rabies.

The vaccination status of the dog in the fourth case has not been determined, he said.

“Persons coming in contact with high risk animals such as skunks, bats, foxes, coyotes and raccoons that are acting abnormally should contact animal control officers immediately,” Gohlke said.

Call Gohlke at (254) 865-2226.

To report a suspected rapid animal outside the city, call the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office at (254) 865-7201.

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