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February 20, 2014

Dog, puppies put down after rabies infection

PARKER COUNTY – Parker County Sheriffs’ Animal Control officers this week conducted a brief rabies investigation in the southwestern portion of Parker County.

Animal control officers were notified of a Parker County family that had taken a female corgi to a veterinarian and discovered the dog tested positive for rabies earlier this week.

The dog had a litter of six puppies, which were five-weeks old and nursing from the infected dog.

The family reported a few weeks prior the female dog had brought a skunk carcass to the residence located off of FM Road 1189 in the Lipan area of Parker County. Officials believe the skunk is the source of the rabies contamination.

The puppies and their mother were humanely euthanized according to procedure.

Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler believes the incident to be an isolated one.

“There were two additional dogs belonging to the family that were kept separate from the infected dogs,” Kessler said. “They were taken to a veterinarian and are current on their vaccinations.”

Kessler added two adults and a juvenile residing in the home are currently under medical supervision and treatment as a precautionary measure.

“The family was obviously upset over the ordeal,” Kessler said. “They are very concerned and have been completely cooperative. We strongly urge the public to vaccinate all pets and livestock and be aware of skunk season, which is from February through March and from October through November.”

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