Rabies confirmed in three skunks and one raccoon in Larimer County

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - Three skunks and one raccoon in Larimer County have tested positive for rabies over the past week, for a total of six animals since the start of 2013.

The first skunk this week was reported to the Health Department on March 20 after having an encounter with a pet dog, near the north end of Carter Lake. The second and third skunks were in the Masonville area, both on properties with farm animals.

The raccoon was spotted near 287 and Eisenhower Blvd. It was acting "sluggish" and was seen tangling with a dog.

The dog was up-to-date on its vaccines but will be quarantined for 45 days.

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is reminding pet owners to keep their pet animals up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Unvaccinated pets that come into contact with a rabid animal will either need to be euthanized or vaccinated and quarantined for 180 days.