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Rabid skunk breaks into Mineral home

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

Gretchen Post, surrounded by a few of her miniature pinschers, is undergoing rabies treatment after touching the saliva of a rabid skunk on June 2.

Gretchen Post, surrounded by a few of her miniature pinschers, is undergoing rabies treatment after touching the saliva of a rabid skunk on June 2.

A large skunk somehow found its way into Gretchen Post’s Thacker Road home in Mineral and attacked two nine-week-old miniature pinschers.

Now, Post and a friend who was in the home last Tuesday morning are undergoing rabies treatments and the puppies, too young to have had their rabies shots, were turned into the Louisa Animal Shelter.

This is the second verified case of rabies in Louisa County this year and the thirteenth in the Thomas Jefferson Health District, comprised of Louisa, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson and Albemarle counties, as well as the city of Charlottesville.

A spokesperson with the health district was unable to provide details on where the other Louisa County rabies case was located.

But for Post and her friend, Allison Cromer, its been a scary venture.

Although they weren’t bitten by the skunk, the skunk’s saliva on the puppies that they rescued from its grasp was enough to require that they undergo a series of shots to prevent the women from contracting rabies themselves.

The first five-shot round was given to them on Thursday at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

To read the entire story, see the June 11 edition of The Central Virginian.


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