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Lynchburg Animal Control warns of foxes sickened with Distemper

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LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) - Lynchburg Animal Control is asking people to vaccinate their pets after dozens of foxes were sickened with Distemper.

Since November 2015, the Lynchburg Animal Control Unit has responded to what it called an unusually high number of calls involving sick foxes. The unit euthanized more than 30 of the animals and sent several of them to be tested.

After working with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Health Department, Lynchburg Animal Control determined the foxes had Distemper. The disease can affect a variety of animals including dogs, coyotes, foxes, ferrets, skunks, raccoons and some cats.

Distemper is not a threat to humans, but it can be extremely contagious to pets. Lynchburg doesn't currently require vaccinations against the virus, but Animal Control is asking pet owners to take precaution and vaccinate.

If you see a fox or any wildlife that is acting sick, not afraid of humans or has made contact with your pets, call Animal Control immediately at 434-847-1602.

For more information on dealing with wildlife, rabies, and vaccinations you can visit:

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/problems/

http://www.vdh.state.va.us/Epidemiology/factsheets/Rabies.htm

https://www.municode.com/library/va/lynchburg/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH7ANFO_ARTIVRACO