A skunk found inside a dog’s pen became Orange County’s 20th positive rabies case this week.
An Efland resident reported finding the skunk Sept. 16 when she went to feed the dog. The skunk was alive and didn’t have any apparent injuries, according to a news release said. Animal Control removed it and sent it to the State Laboratory of Public Health for testing.
The county recorded 12 positive rabies cases in each of the last two years.
The dog did not have a current rabies vaccination, officials said, and under state law, it will be destroyed or quarantined for six months at the owner’s expense. The dog’s owners have not decided, officials said.
Pets with a current rabies vaccination must get a booster shot within five days if exposed to suspected rabies.
The next $10 rabies vaccination clinics are:
• Thursday, September 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Public Market House, 144 E. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.
• Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.
Microchips will be offered at the Saturday clinic for an additional $25. Clinic dates for the rest of 2014 are posted at http://orangecountync.gov/AnimalServices/rabies.asp