The City of Graham Animal Control Officer, Kim Shawver, has confirmed two cases of rabies in skunks in the City of Graham.

The cases were confirmed by sending the skunks to the state health office for testing. Of the two confirmed cases, one was near Pioneer Cemetery and one was in the northeast part of the city.

Dogs and cats in the city are required to have proof of current vaccinations in accordance with Section 5 of the city code. The Animal Control Officer is currently working with local animal health professionals to arrange a rabies vaccination clinic.

Details of a planned rabies vaccination clinic will be forthcoming. Please do not feed cats or dogs in locations where wild or potentially infected animals can access the food.

Rabies can be transmitted from an infected animal to a domestic animal through sharing food. Do not handle or approach any wild animal or stray animal.

Infected animals may not exhibit signs of the disease or may appear to have no or reduced fear of humans. Supervise your children and pets when they are outside, even in a fenced yard. Report any suspicious animal.