Dorado County Animal Services has identified at least nine wild animals with
rabies this year in the County. Health officials are reminding residents to
keep their pets current on rabies vaccines, and to notify Animal Services of
any animal bite or unusual animal behavior. The rabid animals included one fox,
one bat and seven skunks.
to Henry Brzezinski, Chief of Animal Services, El Dorado County is an
officially declared rabies area. “We find rabid wild animals every year in El
Dorado County, so the need for vigilance is important,” said Brzezinski. “Our
residents are our first line of defense against rabies. It is very important
that domestic pets remain current on their rabies vaccinations (especially
cats) and that animal bites are reported.”
activity varies from year to year in El Dorado County. Historically, most rabid
animals have been identified on the West Slope of the County, with smaller
numbers reported in the South Lake Tahoe area. Locations where the rabid
animals were found so far this year included Placerville, Pollock Pines, Diamond
Springs, Somerset and El Dorado Hills. Three of these rabid animals (skunks)
were identified within the city limits of Placerville, in the upper area of
Broadway, over the last 30 days.
is a virus spread through the bite and saliva of an infected animal and is
usually fatal to pets and humans if not treated shortly after exposure. To prevent
the spread of rabies:
more information about rabies or Animal Services, visit www.edcgov.us/animalservices. To
reach Animal Services staff by phone, please call (530) 621-5795 in the
Placerville area or at (530) 573-7925 in South Lake Tahoe.