The Texas Department of State Health Services advised Tyler Animal Services today that one (1) skunk submitted for analysis tested positive for rabies. The skunk was found near the 6500 Block of Glen Eagles in Tyler. The known individuals and animals with possible exposure have been identified and addressed.
To aid in the prevention of rabies, it is critical for people not to handle bats, skunks, raccoons or other wild animals. It is also important for children to tell their parents of any contact with any wild or sick animals. If you or anyone you know has been bitten by an animal, the bite incident must be reported to the Local Rabies Control Authority for proper investigation.
Tyler Animal Services advises all citizens to confirm that their dogs and cats are currently vaccinated for rabies. City of Tyler Ordinance and Smith County Ordinance require annual rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats. It is a Class C misdemeanor for failure to vaccinate your dog or cat by four (4) months of age. Preventive immunization for rabies is the only effective defense against this always fatal disease.
Anyone with questions on rabies control may contact City of Tyler Animal Control at (903) 535-0045.