Raccoon killed by dog in Raleigh tests positive for rabies

Raccoon
(File photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh police said a raccoon killed in a confrontation with a dog Oct. 9 tested positive for rabies.

The raccoon was killed in the 3900 block of Lewis P Olds Wynd, which is just north of the Duraleigh and Ebeneezer Church roads intersection.

The dog involved in the incident did not have a current rabies vaccination and will be quarantined for six months or destroyed as required by state law.

Anyone who observes an aggressive animal in Raleigh should call 919-831-6311.

Wake County health officials provide the following general tips to help minimize rabies risks:

  • Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
  • Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination.
  • If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended; outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
  • Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
  • Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
  • If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
  • If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.

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