Public Health



El Dorado County Animal Services captured a rabid skunk yesterday afternoon in the City of Placerville after the skunk was observed chasing cars and exhibiting extremely aggressive behavior.  The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Placerville Drive, near the movie theater.  An Animal Services officer, while driving to the animal shelter on Placerville Drive, came upon the skunk and was able to stop and safely capture it.  The skunk was then taken to the El Dorado County Public Health Laboratory where it was tested and confirmed to be positive for rabies.

Animal Services is alerting members of the public about the incident as a precaution.  “If anyone or their animals came in contact with the skunk, particularly if they were bitten by the skunk, we are asking them to please call our office,” said Henry Brzezinski, Chief of Animal Services.  “Rabies, if not treated within a short period of time, is almost always fatal to people and animals.” 

Rabies is endemic to El Dorado County.  Animal Services encourages residents to protect themselves and their animals from rabies by doing the following:

  • Keep pets current on their rabies vaccinations.
  • Do not leave pet food out at night, as this encourages wild animals to come near the home.
  • Lock pet doors at night.  Open pet doors can allow wild animals access into the home.
  • Contact Animal Services if you observe an animal exhibiting aggressive or strange behavior, or if you or your pet are bitten by an animal.

Animal Services can be reached at (530) 621-5795 in Placerville or at (530) 573-7925 in South Lake Tahoe. For more information about Animal Services visit 


# # #