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Rabid horse reported in western part of county

April 24, 2014 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control officers are advising the public of a horse which tested positive for rabies in the area.

Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler said the horse was recently at a team roping event at the Mineral Wells indoor arena and resided in the 1900 block of North Whitt Cut-Off Road.

Officials said any person who may have come in contact with the horse from March 27, through April 18, 2014, is urged to see a physician and contact the Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845.

The horse was a contestant with its owner, Carson Pilgrim, of Whitt, at the roping event and was physically unable to perform due to neurological damage. The horse was diagnosed when the owner sought a veterinarian’s assistance. The horse is described as a bay, 8-year-old gelding.

Rabies symptoms include irritation, weakness, disorientation, neurological instability, loss of appetite and lack of thirst.

Officials believe the horse could have possibly come in contact with a skunk infected with rabies.

Sheriff’s Animal Control officers are advising the public to have all livestock and domestic animals vaccinated for rabies.

“The skunk population seems to have increased this year, which also increases the possibility of being infected,” Kessler said. “This includes all animals and humans. In order to protect your loved ones and pets, we cannot stress enough the importance of awareness and prevention.”

Kessler added the horse’s owner has been cooperative throughout the investigation. Parker County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control Division are working closely with Palo Pinto County officials and the Texas Department of Health.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, September 1

  • AHS VS Denton Guyer at AHS

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity VS Burleson Centennial at AHS; 4 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity at Chisholm Trail, 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 3

  • AHS at Gingerbread Jamboree at Denton; 8:30 a.m.

  • AHS JV at Burleson Centennial; 4 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity at Wylie Prep, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 4

  • AHS VS Colleyville Heritage at AHS

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity VS Noxubee Co. Tigers (Miss.) at Bearcat Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity at CHANT, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 5

  • AHS at Chisholm Trail Freshman Tournament; TBA

Tuesday, September 8

  • AHS VS Richland at AHS

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity at Everman; 4 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity VS Waco Methodist at TCA, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 10

  • AHS at James Smith Invitational at Midlothian; 8:15 a.m.

  • AHS JV VS Everman at AHS; 4 p.m.

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