A skunk picked up this week in the 600 block of N. Tacoma Street in the city of Allentown has tested positive for rabies. It is the second such incident in the last three weeks. Animal Control had picked-up a rabid skunk on Monday, July 30 in the 1600 block of East Greenleaf Street.
The latest rabid skunk came in contact with one dog in the area on Wednesday, August 15. Two dogs had come in contact with the rabid skunk last month. The dogs may now be subject to quarantine based upon vaccination status and PA Department of Agriculture protocols.
Animal Control advises feeding all pets inside, cleaning-up under bird feeders, covering trash and recycling cans and filling-in any holes around sheds to prevent den sites.
Residents are also advised not to entice any strange or wild animals to come near them. Residents should refrain from petting, touching or feeding stray or wild animals.
Parents should supervise young children when outdoors and reinforce with older children not to pet strays.
If you have come into contact with a stray animal and have been bitten or scratched you should seek medical attention immediately. Rabies is an almost always fatal disease.
The City of Allentown’s Bureau of Health and Animal Control are reminding pet owners to keep their animals up to date on rabies vaccinations.