CLOVIS (KSMX)- Officials have reported that a fox was shot while trying to attack a residential’s dog in the outside edges of city limits of Texico, NM. The animal had been tested and confirmed with rabies. Texico Police stated that the event had happened yesterday (May 23) and had no suspicion of any domestic animals in the area being infected.
Earlier this year, the New Mexico Department of Health reported that De Baca, Curry, Quay and Colfax counties have had rabies confirmed in skunks. The department is warning pet owners throughout New Mexico to make sure; their dogs, cats, horses and other livestock get vaccinated against rabies. Pet owners are encouraged to keep their pets on a leash to prevent an exposure to a wild animal and to have their rabies vaccinations up-to-date. If you or a loved-one are bitten by an animal, or come into contact with an animal’s saliva, wash the exposed site immediately with soap and water for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to report the bite to local Animal Control and seek medical care as soon as possible. If you see a sick or dead wild animal, or any wild animal acting abnormally in your area, report it to New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. If you see an unowned cat or dog acting abnormally call your local Animal Control or Sheriff’s office.