On September 17th, 2013 the Dodge City Police Department and the Animal Control Division responded to the 2200 block of West Wyatt Earp for a skunk that was rolling around in the daylight and acting strange. The skunk was destroyed and sent to K-State for rabies testing. On September 19th , K-State notified us the skunk was positive for rabies.
The Dodge City Animal Control Division is requesting all domestic pet owners to have their pets vaccinated for rabies as required by City Ordinance and Kansas State Statute.
The K-State Rabies Laboratory offers these tips to prevent rabies.
- Have your veterinarian vaccinate all dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, and valuable livestock against rabies.
- If bitten by an animal, seek medical attention and report the bite to your local public health department or animal control department immediately.
- If your animal is bitten, contact your veterinarian for advice.
- Do not handle or feed wild animals. Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
- If wild animals appear sick or injured, call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.
- Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
If you have any questions please contact your local veterinarian or one of the following agencies:
Dodge City Animal Control Division 620-225-8180
K-State Rabies Laboratory 785-532-4483