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, according to the Killeen Police Department. Another call later advised officers the skunk was found dead in the backyard of another residence.
The skunk was picked up and 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 residents are aware of the incident, the potential danger, and have a chance to prepare.
The rabies virus is deadly to humans and animals.
The city asks residents to take the following precautions:
- Make sure pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.
- Supervise pets and 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.