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HENRICO, Va. – Henrico County just confirmed its third case of rabies.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Henrico Animal Protection Police responded to the 5600 block of Old Elko Road for an animal related call for service.  The caller reported to police that a deceased skunk was on the property adjacent to their driveway.

The skunk’s remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing.

On Friday, April 17, 2015, positive rabies test results were confirmed.   This incident was the third confirmed positive rabies case for 2015.

There were no confirmed human or animal exposures reported, but because the caller’s dog was potentially exposed, it will receive a rabies booster and be quarantined at its residence.

Henrico Police Animal Protection reminds everyone to be sure to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current to ensure the safety of their pets and our community.

Please report abnormal wildlife behavior to the Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications Center at (804) 501-5000.