Reported animal bites in Mesa County are up seven percent compared to this time last year, which was a record year with 432 total reported bites. Rabies is typically found in bats in Mesa County during the summer. Take precautions to prevent rabies to protect your pets, your home and your family.
Two pet dogs on the Front Range tested positive for rabies earlier this week. These were the first cases of rabies among dogs in Colorado since 2003.
“Rabies exists naturally in the environment. It’s lurking out there,” Mesa County Animal Services Manager Doug Frye said. “Rabies is fatal once it’s symptomatic, so prevention is important.”
Protect your pets:
Protect your home:
Protect yourself and your family:
“Talk with your kids about rabies and make sure they know not to approach strange animals,” Frye said.
If you suffer an animal bite – from a pet or a wild animal, contact your health care provider immediately. Report any stray or ill animals to Mesa County Animal Services at (970) 242-4646.