February 23, 2014

Corgi, puppies euthanized for rabies in Parker County

Officials said the adult dog tested positive after she brought home a rabid skunk.

Parker County officials urged residents to vaccinate pets and livestock after a corgi and her six puppies were euthanized last week after one contracted rabies from a skunk.

The adult tested positive for rabies last week after she took a skunk carcass to the home near Lipan in southwest Parker County. The family who owned the corgi took her to the veterinarian, who tested and found the disease.

The dog had a litter of six puppies, five weeks old and still nursing from her.

Parker County animal control supervisor Karen Kessler said she believed the incident was an isolated case.

“There were two additional dogs belonging to the family which were kept separate form the infected dogs,” Kessler said in a news release. “They were taken to a veterinarian and are current on their vaccinations.”

Kessler noted that two adults and a juvenile who lived at the Parker County home are under medical supervision and treatment as a precautionary measure.

“The family was obviously upset over the ordeal,” Kessler said. “We want the public to be aware of skunk season, which is from February to March and from October through November.”

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