Animal control issues alert after rabid skunk found in Riverside

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The Wichita Police Department's Animal Services Section issued an alert Tuesday after a rabid skunk was found in Riverside.

The department said in a news release the skunk was found in the 1100 block of North Perry, near 11th Street and Amidon. 

"As a public health precaution call Animal Control at (316) 350-3360 if you witness any animals in your neighborhood acting ill, aggressive or in an unusual manner," the release said. "Do not try to approach the animal."

Rabies symptoms in animals include changes in their normal behavior, weakness, loss of appetite, loss of coordination, unusual biting or snapping behavior, strange vocalizations and with wildlife, a loss of fear of people.  

Officer were in the area of 11th and Perry in Riverside, canvasing the neighborhood with fliers asking residents to be on the lookout for wildlife acting strangely and to make sure their pets have up-to-date rabies vaccinations. 

"We are simply letting people who live in this neighborhood know that there was a rabid skunk and although it was an isolated incident, we want to make sure that people keep an eye on their pets," Lt. Joe Schroeder of the Wichita Police Animal Control Department. 

Residents say that Riverside is home to much wildlife, but a confirmed case of rabies has many taking notice. 

"If you own pets, we advise you make certain they have a current rabies vaccination. If you are unsure contact your veterinarian."

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