2 more rabid skunks found in Carlsbad

December 13, 2011 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Two more rabid [auth] skunks have been found in Carlsbad and authorities are warning residents to be wary of odd-acting animals they encounter.

The Carlsbad Current Argus reports ( ) that the skunks were discovered last Wednesday. The first was picked up by animal control officers after it had attacked a dog. Carlsbad police say the second was found later after it had been killed by another dog. Lt. Jennifer Moyers says both were later confirmed to have rabies.

The discoveries came after a rabid skunk was cornered by dogs on Dec. 1.

Animal control officers are trapping skunks across Carlsbad.

Rabies is always fatal to people if it is not treated before symptoms develop. A vaccine is available for domestic animals like dogs and cats and is required by law.

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