Jan 21, 2020 6:04 PM

Skunk tests positive for rabies in Barton County

Posted Jan 21, 2020 6:04 PM
Image courtesy Golden Belt Humane Society
Image courtesy Golden Belt Humane Society

BARTON COUNTY  — Authorities are investigating and alerting the public after a skunk tested positive following an animal to animal exposure near the rural Barton County community of Heizer earlier this month, according to a social media report from the Golden Belt Humane Society.

"All necessary precautions have been taken, but we wanted to make sure folks knew rabies is in the area."

"In 2019, several skunks and a cat in The City of Great and Barton County tested positive for the rabies virus in which some were caused by animal to animal exposure and some caused by animal to human exposure

We have definitely seen an increase of positive cases due to exposures or even viewing rabid and abnormal behaviors of skunks. Raccoons, fox and bats are other known carriers of the virus as well, but we are seeing more skunks as the culprits more so in our area.

Exposures are costly, rather it be your animal spending 10 days to 6 months in quarantine, the medical bills associated if a human was bitten, and the list doesn't stop there. Owners sometimes opt to quarantine their animals, others make the hard decision to euthanize due to severity of the bite and/or the costs of quarantining the animal/s. It's not an easy decision, but it is choice we have as pet owners when it comes to vaccinating our pets as required.

When any animal bites, there is a standard protocol in which to investigate the bite. Animal bites are reported not only locals hospitals, emergency rooms or family doctors offices, but they are also reported to law enforcement, Animal Control, the pet owners veterinary doctor, Barton County Health Department and Kansas Department Health and Environment.These protocols are put in place for the public's safety and educate why rabies vaccines for our pets are required. Bites can happen anywhere, anytime and it is best to be prepared as our ordinances and resolutions require.

Remember, most veterinary clinics send our reminders of when vaccinations are due. If you are in question about your pets, give your vet a call. A $15.00 vaccine can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the future if your pet has been exposed, or if your pet causes a potential exposure to other animals or humans. Talk with your vet if you have more questions about the rabies virus, or you can find more information here http://www.kdheks.gov/epi/human_animal_health.htm.

For The City of Great Bend, Chapter 6.08.20 and 6.08.30 is where you find the information on the requirement for the rabies vaccines.

For Barton County, unincorporated areas, you may find more information here... https://www.bartoncounty.org/…/Animal%20Vaccinations%202018…

Please, help keep your pets safer and get them vaccinated as required."

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Jan 21, 2020 6:04 PM
Kansas woman due in court for alleged counterfeiting
Watterson photo KDOC

COWLEY COUNTY— A Kansas felon with previous convictions that include identity theft and forgery is now in jail for alleged counterfeiting.

Just after 3 p.m. January 14, police responded to a restaurant in Arkansas City for a report of a person later identified as 43-year-old Amy Watterson, who had attempted to pass fake money, according to a media release from police.

Although she left before police arrived, officers quickly located and arrested her. Officers found she was in possession of several bills of fake currency.

Further investigation determined she had attempted to pass the fake cash at multiple locations in the Arkansas City area, as well as in other jurisdictions.

“We are asking local businesses to be extra vigilant when accepting larger-denomination bills that potentially could be fake or counterfeit,” warned Police Chief Dan Ward.

 Watterson remains jailed on requested charges that include counterfeiting as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft.

Over the past ten years, Watterson has served prison time for arson, theft, burglary and for making false writing, ID theft and and forgery, according the Kansas Department of Corrections.

She is expected in court later this week on the new charges, according to district court officials.