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Rabid Skunk Turns Up Behind Cherry Hill Home

(Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Robin Culverwell

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) - A rabid skunk has turned up in Cherry Hill – not unusual perhaps, but worth a reminder of how to stay safe.

The skunk was injured and later put down following a confrontation last week with a family dog in the backyard of a home in the Barclay Farm section of Cherry Hill Township.

The skunk had appeared sick and now testing confirms it did indeed carry rabies.

Camden County Health Department’s Stephen Walter:

“If you’ve seen any wildlife that shouldn’t be there – like raccoons at 1 in the afternoon or skunks at 10 in the morning on your property, contact your local animal control officer.”

In this case – the dog that mauled the skunk did have its rabies shots, so it’s now being monitored after getting a rabies booster shot.

Good thing too – because had the dog not been vaccinated, its veterinarians would’ve recommended euthanizing it.