Rabies case reported in Hall and Potter counties

Rabies case reported in Hall and Potter counties
Photo not of the rabid skunks.

MEMPHIS, TX (KFDA) - Two skunks tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, one in Hall County and another in Potter County.

On March 12, a homeowner said he saw a skunk in the alley behind his house in Memphis around 6:30 a.m.

The man said he contacted his local animal control officer after he saw the skunk stumbling and falling over.

After the ACO caught the skunk, it was euthanized, and taken to a lab where it tested positive for rabies.

No other human or animal was exposed to the rabid skunk.

This is the first positive rabies case in Hall County for 2019. Last year, Hall County reported zero rabies cases.

The Texas Health and Human Services Department said a homeowner in northeast Amarillo reported seeing a skunk in their backyard after being alerted by their dog.

The homeowner set a trap and called Animal Management and Welfare once the skunk was captures.

The skunk was euthanized and tested positive for rabies. This is the first positive test for rabies in Potter County this year.

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