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Maumelle Animal Services warns public about rabies

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- A rabies warning was posted mid-Friday morning to Maumelle Friends of the Animals' Facebook page, sharing with the public that a skunk in the Edgewater subdivision had positively tested as rabid.

The post read:

All residents within the Maumelle area should take protective measures to safeguard themselves and their pets from rabies exposure. The State Health Department has been in touch with our local Animal Services Department and both are working together to ensure the public is informed.

As members of the public, please make sure all your pets are vaccinated against rabies. Arkansas state law requires all dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian.Please keep your pets indoors, just to practice safety measures. Please understand that not all animals are a carrier of rabies. Rabies in the United States is from wild animals. In Arkansas, the two animals that can carry rabies are skunks and bats. Raccoons have never tested positive within Pulaski County.

Please contact Maumelle Animal Services Department: 501-851-6219 immediately if you see the following:

•Any sick acting skunk or bat
•Any skunk or bat that is walking as if dizzy or drunk
•Should you see a skunk within daylight hours that is acting strangely
•Should you or your pet come into any physical contact with any skunk or bat

If after hours please contact Animal Services at: 501-851-1337. Should you have other concerns, please contact Animal Services.