May 4—A skunk tested positive for rabies after biting a dog on Quail Road in Longmont on Wednesday.
A dog owner called animal control Wednesday after their dog was bitten on the leg and paw by a skunk, according to a news release from Boulder County Public Health. Animal control later submitted the skunk for rabies testing. After the skunk tested positive for rabies, a risk assessment was completed for the dog and the dog owner.
"Fortunately, this pet owner understood there might be a risk of rabies and did the right thing by contacting animal control to have the skunk tested," Carol McInnes, Boulder County Public Health environmental health specialist, stated in the release.
Pets that are not vaccinated against rabies may need to be euthanized or placed in a facility quarantine for four months if the pet comes in contact with a rabid animal, the release states.
BCPH spokeswoman Angela Simental said a different skunk, which appeared to have rabies, was seen near Quail Road about three weeks prior to the incident Wednesday. The skunk was not tested, and health officials do not know if it had rabies.
BCPH is advising that anyone with a pet who may have come in contact with wildlife or who sees a wild animal or a stray pet that looks sick or is acting unusual call their local animal control office. Other animals that may carry rabies include raccoons, bats and foxes, according to the release.
If a person or pet has been bitten by or has had contact with a bat or other wild animal, seek medical care immediately and contact local animal control agency or Boulder County Public Health at 303-441-1564.
This is the second skunk that has tested positive for rabies in Boulder County this season. A skunk found in April in Superior tested positive after residents reported seeing it acting strangely.