UPDATED: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 2:17pm
Gatesville, TX — Residents of Gatesville are on alert after two confirmed cases of rabies have popped up.
On March 1st, Gatesville Animal Control officers shot and killed a rabid skunk fighting with dogs in a resident's yard.
The next day they shot another skunk.
The two samples were sent off to the Texas Department of Health Services in Austin.
On Wednesday, the tests showed positive for rabies.
The animals were wild so it is believed that there may be more in the area.
One way to counter the spreading of the disease is to vaccine your pets.
“Make sure all your dogs and cats are vaccinated for rabies. Each county is different. Some ask for you to do it yearly, and some ask for it every three years but make sure they are up to date on the rabies shots," said Louis Leyva of Waco Animal Control.
People who regularly come in close contact with high risk animals such as skunks, bats, foxes and raccoons should also be prepared.