Meriden officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for animals possibly with rabies after a skunk tested positive recently.
Animal Control Officer Sarah Bacon said within the last two weeks there have been at least five skunks found in the eastern part of the city, near Bee and Valley View streets.
A skunk found on Wayne Lane tested positive for rabies, prompting the warning for all pet owners. A dog had reportedly attacked the skunk that tested positive for rabies. The dog, however has not tested positive for rabies.
“It is transferred through saliva. It’s not through blood, urine or feces. If the saliva splashes into your eye, your mouth, cuts on your fingers, it can still be transferred,” Bacon said.
The city said if anyone sees any wild animals acting odd, it could be a sign of rabies.
“If they walk around, they look like they're drunk. They're stumbling. They can be drooling from the mouth,” Bacon said.
Don Preece said he will be keeping a close eye on his dog Murphy.
“I did smell the skunks when I came home from picking up my daughter at school,” Preece said. “I will leave Murphy inside, especially when dusk comes. I’ll just let him out or my sister will let him out and he'll come right back in.”
The dog that attacked the skunk was up-to-date on his vaccinations and must stay home for 45 days.
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