A skunk with rabies was chased by a dog and later found dead on Saturday, according to Killeen police.
The Texas Department of State Health Services notified the Killeen Animal Control Unit on Tuesday that a skunk found in the 4500 block of Greyhouse Drive on Saturday tested positive for the rabies virus.
Killeen Animal Control Officers responded to the area Saturday in reference to a dog chasing a skunk from a residential yard, stated a news release from the Killeen Police Department. A later call advised officers that the skunk was found dead in the backyard of another residence.
The skunk was picked up and was processed for testing at the Texas Department of State Health Service, Austin Laboratory.
After learning the results of the testing, the department decided to distribute handouts in the area of Greyhound to ensure the residents are aware of the incident.
The rabies virus is deadly to humans and animals.
The city is asking residents to take the following precautions:
- Make sure your pets 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 animal activity to the Killeen Animal Control Unit at 254-526-4455 during normal operating hours, or 254-501-8800 after normal operating hours.