CLOVIS (KSMX)- The New Mexico Department of Health reports that De Baca, Curry, Quay and Colfax counties have had rabies confirmed in skunks this year. The department is warning pet owners throughout New Mexico to make sure, their dogs, cats, horses and other livestock get vaccinated against rabies.
Residents and visitors are reminded to be aware of strangely behaving wild animals or oddly acting unowned domestic animals. 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.