Dead skunk found in Henrico tests positive for rabies

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Officials say they discovered that the remains of a dead skunk found in Henrico tested positive for rabies.

Henrico Police Animal Protection received a call around 6:00 p.m. on Monday for a deceased skunk in the back yard of a home in the 10800 Block of Sheppards Way Drive. When officers arrived, they discovered the remains of a skunk that was located in a fenced in backyard along with the homeowner’s two dogs.

The skunk was submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for rabies testing. Today, positive test results were received from the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services.

The dogs involved in this incident had current rabies vaccinations. The dogs have received booster shots and will be quarantined at their owner’s home. There have been no reports of any additional human or animal exposure. This is the eleventh confirmed positive rabies case in Henrico County for 2015.

Henrico Police Animal Protection reminds everyone to be sure to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current to ensure the safety of their pets and our community. Please report abnormal wildlife behavior to the Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications Center at (804) 501-5000.

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