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Skunk is 11th case of rabies in Orange County

Posted October 18, 2013

— Orange County reported its 11th case of rabies Friday after a dead skunk tested positive for the disease.

A Hillsborough resident found the dead skunk Oct. 17 in her outdoor dog kennel. Her two dogs have current rabies vaccinations and will be given booster shots, officials said.

A day earlier, a Rougemont resident discovered a dead raccoon on her porch, near her dog. That dog also has a current rabies shot and will get a booster.

“Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services. “Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death.”

The county will hold a Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Nov. 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill. Rabies vaccinations will cost $10, and microchips will cost $25. Visit Orange County Animal Services online or call 919-942-7387 for more information.


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