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Rabid skunk attacks Henrico chickens, dog

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Posted at 9:05 AM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 09:07:24-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Police are warning animal owners after a rabid skunk was killed in eastern Henrico Sunday evening. It is the first confirmed positive rabies case for 2016 in Henrico.

“Henrico Animal Protection Police received a call from the 3700 Block of Meadow Road for a skunk that was attempting to attack chickens and a dog. When officers arrived at the location it was reported that the property owner had killed the skunk,” Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Chris Garrett said. “Contact between the skunk and the dog was highly probable. The skunk’s remains were collected and submitted to the State Lab for Rabies testing.”

Positive rabies test results came back Tuesday.

“The dog that was involved in the incident had a valid rabies vaccination and will be quarantined on the owner’s property. There were no reports of any additional human or animal exposures involving this skunk,” Lt. Garrett said.

Police reminded everyone to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current and to report any abnormal wildlife behavior to the Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications at 804-501-5000.