Rabid skunk killed near Hudson

HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - A rabid skunk was killed near Hudson now animal control officials are warning area residents to be aware of suspicious animals.

According to Rhonda McLendon, the animal control director for the city of Lufkin, a resident called animal control and told them her husband had shot and killed a skunk near Pamela Lane in the Hudson area.

They brought the animal in for testing and officers shipped the skunk's body to an Austin rabies lab. The lab determined the skunk did have rabies.

McLendon said the family was notified because they have pets.

"To our knowledge, it didn't have contact with any animals...but we don't know for sure," said McLendon.

Authorities said if you see an animal acting like it's paralyzed or acting friendly when it's a shy animal by nature, contact your local animal control.

"If they shoot an animal they think has rabies, don't shoot it in the head because it often destroys the brain where it can't be tested for rabies," McLendon explained.

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