CATAWBA, NC (WBTV) - A skunk tested positive for rabies in Catawba County on Sunday, marking the county's sixth case this year.
On Sunday, three horses, two ponies and two donkeys came in contact with the skunk in Newton. According to county officials, the skunk to the North Carolina Public Health Lab in Raleigh. County officials were notified on Wednesday that the skunk tested positive for rabies.
Several skunks have tested positive for rabies in Catawba County this year.
Two dogs came in contact with a skunk that tested positive for rabies in June.
"The dogs were current on their rabies vaccines," Catawba County officials say. "Per state vaccination guidelines, Animal Services advised the owner to provide rabies boosters to the dogs within 96 hours of the incident."
On May 9, officials got a call from a Hickory resident whose dog was involved in an altercation with a skunk. The skunk was then sent to the health lab, where it tested positive for rabies.
Animal Services wants to remind pet owners that "rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect your pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies."
For more information, you can call Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686.