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Rabid Skunk Bites Central Texas Animal Control Officer

BELLMEAD, Texas — After a Central Texas animal control officer was bitten by a rabid skunk last week, police are asking anyone who believes they may have come into contact with the animal to call them.

Bellmead police Detective Kory Martin tells the Waco-Tribune Herald that the animal control officer was bitten while trying to capture the animal on March 10.

The skunk then taken to the Waco Animal Shelter, where it tested positive for rabies. Bellmead is a town of about 9,000 people located just northeast of Waco.

Martin says the animal control officer had received a pre-exposure vaccination for rabies after being bitten by a stray cat earlier this year. He was also treated with booster shots after the incident with the skunk and is in good health.