ALERT: Authorities Issue URGENT Warning To Everyone In Chicago After New Danger Emerges Overnight

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Police are warning residents of a Chicago suburb to avoid helping “zombie dogs” because they are infected coyotes that could sicken other pets with the disease. 

Hanover Park Police Department posted the warning on its Facebook page on Wednesday, saying the coyotes, usually nocturnal animals, are infected with sarcoptic mange that causes them to be active in the day.

Police warned residents to stay away from the "zombie dogs" because they are infected coyotes.

“Recently we have received several messages and posts from citizens concerned about what appear to be malnourished or neglected stray dogs.

These are NOT lost pets, but are in fact coyotes. There is unfortunately an increase in sarcoptic mange in the urban coyote populations which has caused these normally nocturnal animals to become more active during the day.

Infected animals will often appear “mangy” – which looks just like it sounds. They suffer hair-loss and develop secondary infections, eventually looking like some sort of “zombie” dog.

The infections affect their vision, causing them to look for food during the daylight hours. These infected animals are not normally aggressive, but should be avoided at all times.

Please DO NOT approach these animals or allow your pets to approach them. You can avoid attracting them to your yards and neighborhoods by not leaving food out and by securing your garbage.”

It’s common to spot coyotes in Illinois, especially in the southern, southeastern and west-central parts, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Though there hasn’t been a reported case of coyotes biting humans in northeastern Illinois, Fox News reports.

Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious skin disease found in dogs and other mammals, caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. These mites will burrow through the skin causing intense itching and irritation. The scratching that results from mange is what causes the majority of the animal’s hair to fall out. This is a treatable medical condition, but is highly contagious for other animals and humans. Pet owners are advised to keep the dog quarantined while it is being treated for mange.


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