Rabid javelina attacks dog in Yavapai County

Rabid javelina attacks dog in Yavapai County

by Jennifer Thomas
February 18, 2011

KIRKLAND, Ariz. — Yavapai County authorities are warning residents in the Kirkland and Walnut Grove areas to use caution after a rabid javelina attacked a dog outside a home.

Animal Control officers from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home in the Walnut Grove area south of Wilhoit and east of Kirkland on Monday after a javelina attacked a hound dog that was tethered outside.

Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said the javelina was apparently interested in exposed dog food. The javelina engaged the dog and bit its hindquarters.

The dog’s owner was able to kill the javelina by the use of blunt force trauma.

Officers recovered the javelina carcass and sent the head to a lab for rabies testing, which confirmed that the animal was rabid.

D’Evelyn said the dog, which had been impounded pending test results, did not have a current rabies vaccination and was humanely euthanized.

Although the dog’s owner was deemed to have minimal exposure and was not bitten, post-exposure vaccinations were recommended and the owner is currently receiving those treatments.

Animal Control officers suggest removing any outside food source from unfenced areas of your property. This includes homes with pets located in densely populated neighborhoods. Also, make sure pets are up to date on their rabies vaccination.

People involved in the skinning/dressing of animal carcasses should always wear gloves to avoid contact with spinal fluid, saliva and brain tissue. These are areas where rabies transmission can occur with humans after contact with cuts, open wounds, etc.

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