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Rabid Skunk Found In Ossining Reservoir Park

OSSINING, N.Y. – The county Department of Health has issued a rabies alert to anyone who may have had contact with a skunk which was found sick, lying on its back in Reservoir Park.

The skunk was found on Sept. 16 on the Briarcliff Manor side of a fence on the Ossining village border, and it was confirmed rabid on Tuesday, county health officials said.

"The good news is that no one that we know of was bitten or scratched by this rabid animal," county Acting Commissioner of Health Cheryl Archbald said.

A dog that licked the skunk's mouth has been given a rabies booster shot, health officials said. The owner of the dog identified the skunk to police officers and the skunk was shot by Briarcliff Manor police.

The county health department used robo-calls to notify residents who live within a quarter mile of Reservoir Park of the rabid skunk.

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