Rabies confirmed in skunk in Bath

By BETH BROGAN, Times Record
Posted Aug. 31, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.

BATH, Maine — Local police warned area residents about a confirmed case of rabies in a skunk on Whiskeag Road.

On Monday evening, a Whiskeag Road resident reported that he and his three dogs were chased by an aggressive skunk, Bath Police Chief Michael Field said Wednesday.

The skunk bit one of the dogs before the homeowner was able to shoot the skunk.

Betsy Pratt and Ben Rand, Bath’s temporary animal control officers, investigated and the skunk was taken to the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Lab, where it tested positive for rabies, according to Field. It is the city’s first confirmed case of rabies this year.

“The family was notified and is taking the required precautions,” Field said in a release.

The dogs, who all had current rabies vaccinations, will receive boosters and be kept under observation for 45 days.

Field encouraged residents not to approach wildlife that appears to be sick or is acting strangely. In such a situation, people instead should call 911 in an emergency or the Bath Police Department at 443-5563.

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