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Fourth Rabid Skunk Recently Confirmed in Denver

Denver Animal Protection reminds residents to ensure pets are vaccinated 

As temperatures around Denver begin to rise and pets spend more time outside, Denver Animal Protection reminds residents to ensure their pets are vaccinated. Four rabid skunks have been found in Denver in the past month: one at the 4800 block of Meade St, at the 2400 block of W 26th Ave, 1360 block of N Zenobia St, and at the 850 block of N Knox Ct. There is no indication the skunks came in contact with other animals or humans.

Rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. It is almost always fatal. Most Colorado rabies cases are found in skunks and bats but rabies can also affect other wildlife, pets and livestock.  Humans and domestic animals can become infected through contact with wild animals. 

Animals that have rabies may show the following signs:

  • A change in behavior, such as aggression, confusion or a lack of fear around people
  • May stagger, tremble, or seem weak
  • Nocturnal animals like skunks, foxes and bats may be out during the day
  • Bats may be found on the ground, unable to fly

To help protect pets, Denver Animal Shelter offers weekly low-cost rabies vaccinations clinics on Saturdays and Sundays from 9–11 a.m. The cost for a rabies vaccination is $15 per pet. To learn more, visit www.DenverAnimalShelter.org.

How to protect you and your family:

  • Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, and be cautious of stray dogs and cats
  • Teach children to leave wildlife alone
  • Keep your pets’ vaccinations up to date
  • Tightly close garbage cans and feed bins
  • Feed your pets indoors
  • Avoid all contact with skunks and bats

If you believe you or your pet have been exposed to rabies, call your physician or veterinarian immediately, and report the incident to 311. If you believe a rabid animal is in your neighborhood, call 311 to report it.