Pet owners put on notice of increased incidence of rabies

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Jefferson County Animal Control is putting pet owners on high alert to watch out for animals with rabies.

There have been four reports of skunks with rabies this year. Twelve animals throughout the state have tested positive for rabies.

Officials said the best way to protect pets is to make sure their rabies shots are up to date, keep pets on a leash when walking and to call animal control if a sick or injured animal is encountered.