Two more cases of rabies confirmed in North Richland Hills skunks


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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 01: Flo the skunk arrives at Edinburgh Zoo from Amneville Zoo in France on June 1, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Flo has joined a six year old male skunk Fergus, both are striped skunks which are native to North America. These black and white creatures are most iconic for their unique, defensive odour. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)




Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 2 at 5:16 PM

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- City officials are warning residents to make sure their pets are vaccinated after two more skunks in northwestern North Richland Hills have tested positive for rabies.

That makes three rabid skunks found in the area in the last month.

The Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control confirmed a skunk found in the 7800 block of Ember Oaks on May 29 and another in the 7900 block of Woodland Drive on May 28 tested positive for the disease. The third skunk was found earlier in May in the 7400 block of Continental Trail.

Symptoms of rabid skunks include crusty eyes and noses, disorientation and staggering. Other signs of rabies include excessive salivation and aggressive behavior.

Officials remind pet owners to get their animals vaccinated, to keep their pets from roaming freely, and to seek veterinary assistance if their pet is bitten by a wild animal.

Residents can report sick or injured animals to the NRH Animal Adoption & Rescue Center at 817-427-6570.