Rabies case in Beeville confirmed
by Gary Kent
Feb 23, 2014 | 370 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – The first case of rabies in Bee County in more than a decade has been reported, involving a dog that was bitten by a skunk.

Dr. Gary Williams of the Beeville Veterinary Hospital confirmed the incident Thursday.

According to Williams, the incident happened last week when a juvenile skunk followed a dog into its house through a doggie door and attacked the animal inside the residence.

The doctor said the dog actually lost a tooth in the attack.

Williams said the dog is being quarantined at his facility and is undergoing treatment.

A woman in the house touched the skunk to force it back outside the house.

“That’s scary,” Williams said. But he confirmed that the skunk did not bite the woman.

“I told her to go see her physician,” Williams said. He was not sure if the woman was being required to undergo rabies shots.

The skunk was sent to the Texas Department of Health for testing, and they confirmed Thursday morning that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

Williams said the most important advice he could give pet owners is “have your animals vaccinated.”

It is believed that this is the first confirmed case of rabies in Bee County in probably 12 years.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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