Rabid skunk bites family pet in Town of Western

By WKTV News

TOWN OF WESTERN, N.Y. (WKTV) - A rabid skunk attacked a dog in the Town of Western on Nov. 11, according to the Oneida County Health Department. The pet was not up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations.

The male dog was attacked on the front porch of the home. The homeowner was able to kill the skunk. It was then submitted for testing and was confirmed rabid.

“Since the injured dog is not up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations, his owner must now decide whether to quarantine the dog for six months or have the pet euthanized,” Bobbi Jo Kahl, Rabies Prevention and Treatment Program coordinator said.

She added, “If the dog has contracted the deadly rabies virus as a result of the attack any contact with humans or other animals would put them at risk for rabies.”

All pet owners are reminded to make sure their dogs, cats, and pet ferrets are kept current on their vaccinations. New York State Health Law requires that dogs and cats, three months and older to be initially vaccinated against rabies followed by a booster within 12 months.

After that, dogs and cats require a shot every three years. Ferrets must be vaccinated yearly.

For more information on rabies prevention or to report and animal bite, contact the Oneida County Health Department at (315) 798-5064 or visit our web site at

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