If you are a pet owner, you need to keep reading. Last week, a dog was attacked and bitten by a rabid fox. El Paso Animal Services says it's not unusual for pets to come across rabid wild animals, so if you want to keep your animals safe, there are a couple of things you can do.

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Animals Services says even though there are wild, rabid animals out there, there is no major cause for concern, and you should just follow a couple of guidelines to prevent a tragedy. You need to keep your pet's vaccinations up-to-date. The dog that was attacked is going to be fine, and didn't have to be quarantined, because it had it's rabies vaccination. The second thing you can do is never leave food outside your home. It attracts wild animals, and potentially, rabid animals.

If you own a pet, you are required by law to have their vaccinations up-to-date, have them microchipped, and be registered with the city. If you need more information about getting your pets vaccinated, microchipped, and registered, you can call Animal Services at 842-1000 or 311.