Skunk tests positive for rabies in Henrico County after standoff with dog

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico Animal Protection Police responded to a call in the 6700 block of Osborne Turnpike for the possible rabies exposure resulting from a dog and skunk encounter.

When officers arrived, the dog’s owner reported that their dog had been involved in a standoff with a skunk in which the dog had been sprayed.

It was unknown if physical contact was made, but that was not able to be ruled out. The dog owner shot the skunk on their property after the incident due to concern for the skunk possibly being rabid.

The remains were collected and submitted for rabies testing at the State Lab.

Positive test results were received on Wednesday, October 19. The dog involved in the incident had a valid rabies vaccination and will be quarantined on the owner’s property.

There were no reports of any additional human or animal exposures involving this skunk.

Henrico Animal Protection Police would like to remind everyone to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current and to report any abnormal wildlife behavior or suspected rabies exposure to Henrico Police Non-Emergency communications at 501-5000.  This incident is the second confirmed positive rabies case for 2016 in Henrico County.

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