***PSA: RABIES ALERT***PSA: RABIES ALERT***
On 3/22/2019 DSHS reported that a Skunk in Keene has tested positive for Rabies. The animal was found near E 3rd Street and Spruce.
Pets are to be vaccinated against rabies with a YEARLY vaccination.
This is required by State Law and our local ordinance.
Do not allow your pets to roam freely or walk off-leash. Do not allow your pets to come into contact with wildlife if at all possible. Supervise pets and children at all times when they are outdoors, even in fenced yards. High risk animals are raccoons, bats, fox, coyotes, and skunks. Rabies is transferable through saliva and all bites by such wildlife must be considered a possible exposure to the rabies virus. Low risk wildlife are squirrels and other rodents, armadillos, and rabbits. Do not handle, approach, pet, or pick up any domestic animal roaming the neighborhood and/or exhibiting odd behavior or symptoms of illness.
Symptoms of rabies in wildlife and domestic animals include: Aggression, Viciousness, Animal Stops Eating/Drinking, Walks in a “drunken” manner Animal slobbers or drools excessively Wildlife may seem “friendly” or overly curious Nocturnal animals may be active during the day. COYOTES and FOX are diurnal and may be seen during morning and evening hours.
DO NOT HANDLE OR APPROACH ANY HIGH-RISK WILDLIFE
If you see any animal that appears to show symptoms of rabies, illness, or any other unusual behavior, please contact Keene Animal Control at 817-556-6060.