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Wild animals testing positive for canine distemper in Albany

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 26, 2020 08:38 AM
Created: February 26, 2020 04:28 AM

The Albany Police Department is urging people to make sure their dogs are up to date on their canine distemper vaccinations after several wild animals tested positive for the contagious disease.

The department says they have responded to several calls about skunks and raccoons exhibiting abnormal behaviors. At least 25 animals were captured by animal control officers. The animals displayed symptoms including muscle twitches, circling behavior, and even paralysis.

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Officers say several of the animals tested positive for canine distemper.

Albany police warn that you should never approach a wildlife animal that may be sick. Instead, call the police department at 518-439-4000.


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