Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control officers conducted a brief rabies investigation in the southwestern portion of Parker County.
Animal Control Officers were notified of a Parker County family who had taken a female corgi to a veterinarian, and discovered the dog tested positive for rabies earlier this week.
The dog had a litter of six puppies, which were 5-weeks old and nursing from the infected dog.
The family reported that a few weeks prior, the female dog had brought a skunk carcass to the residence, located off of FM 1189 in the Lipan area of Parker County. Officials believe the skunk is the source of the rabies contamination.
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The puppies and their mother were humanely euthanized, according to procedure.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler believes the incident to be an isolated one.
“There were two additional dogs belonging to the family which were kept separate from the infected dogs,” she said. “They were taken to a veterinarian and are current on their vaccinations.”
Kessler added that two adults and a juvenile residing in the home are currently under medical supervision and treatment as a precautionary measure.
“The family was obviously upset over the ordeal,” she said. “They are very concerned and have been completely cooperative. We strongly urge the public to vaccinate all pets and livestock and be aware of skunk season, which is from February through March and from October through November.”