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Dead, rabid skunk found at Tucson park

Posted at 3:04 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 17:36:56-05

A dead, rabid skunk was discovered at an eastside Tucson park on Dec. 9.

Pima Animal Care Center recovered the skunk from Jessie Owens Park, 400 S. Sarnoff Drive.

The community member who reported the incident witnessed several unleashed dogs eating the carcass when he arrived.

Anyone who suspects their pet may have had contact with the dead animal or recently visited Jessie Owens Park should consult their veterinarian.

PACC officers and volunteers have started canvassing the area south of east Broadway Blvd, west of S. Camino Seco, north of E. 22nd Street, and east of S. Pantano to notify the community about the confirmed rabies case and possible pet exposure.

Chief Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Wilcox recommends anyone who lives in the area of the park to get a booster rabies vaccine for their pets and to keep them under close observation over the next few days for any changes in behavior.

If you or a family member had contact with a skunk near or at Jessie Owens Park, notify the Pima County Health Department immediately at (520) 724-7797. 

If anyone has information on the dogs eating the dead skunk at Jessie Owens Park, please notify Pima Animal Care Center by calling (520) 724-5900.