Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 01/17/2013 4:30 PM | Comments: 0
An attack on a dog that led to a rabies scare is a reminder for Winnipeggers to vaccinate their pets.
The skunk attack on a Labrador mix happened in the city’s south end recently, though Animal Services Agency Chief Leland Gordon didn’t specify the part of the city where the attack took place or whether it transpired this month. City workers responded after a Labrador was injured in an attack, and found the skunk.
The skunk was killed, and testing showed the animal had rabies.
"This is incredibly rare," said Gordon. It’s the first time there’s been a case of rabies in the city since 2006.
The dog was injured, but didn’t die and is now in quarantine.
He said skunks and raccoons are "primary carriers" of rabies.
"People who live in every part of Winnipeg need to take this as a serious reminder to be responsible pet owners," said Gordon.
"Part of responsible pet ownership is vaccinating your pets and visiting a veterinarian regularly."
A city press release said there are 45 clinics where Winnipeggers can take their animals for vaccinations.
Gordon said Winnipeggers who live in the outskirts of the city, near big parks or rivers, should be "wildlife-proofing their homes."
He said food sources – such as food for dogs, cats or birds – should be removed from yards because they can lure wildlife.
People with big decks or storage sheds with crawlspaces should put beams of wood underneath them, he said.
"If you have no food, and you have no shelter outside for wildlife, you’re likely not going to have much of a problem with wildlife hanging out in your yard," he said.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Super-speeders in the crosshairs of Mounties who patrol Manitoba's highways
Stabbing in Weston area sends man to hospital
Finding our voice
Patient in Gatineau tests negative for Ebola
The pervasiveness of sexual violence
EU inches toward new sanctions on Russia
Long weekend to see mix of showers and sunny skies
Approaching cars will be a no-no
Brawl breaks out in Maples parking lot; one of the men is struck by a car
Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug
Welcome to the complaints department
Doctors told to cut back on joint replacements
Who you gonna call?
Reduced limits in effect Monday: School zones apply new, lower speeds
Blaze razes West Hawk landmark
Spat over who will step down