WINTERS - A case of rabies was officially confirmed in Winters Thursday, May 3, by officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

WINTERS - A case of rabies was officially confirmed in Winters Thursday, May 3, by officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Winters Police Chief Paula Geyer reported that a racoon was removed from the property of a home in the 600 block of Tinkle Street on Sunday, April 29.

“The homeowner was afraid the racoon was rabid and had bitten their dog,” Geyer explained.

The racoon was euthanized and the head was sent to the TDSHS lab, who confirmed the racoon was rabid.

The dog was taken to the veterinarian and given a booster shot and placed under 45-day quarantine.

Anyone who suspects that their pet or animals may have had contact with the racoon, or any other rabid animal, should contact Winters Animal Control/dispatch at 325-754-4121.

“The main thing is we need for people to vaccinate their pets,” Geyer stressed.