Raccoon killed by dogs in Raleigh tests positive for rabies

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A dead raccoon found in Wake County has confirmed to have rabies, officials say.

On Sunday, a Raleigh Police Department animal control officer responded to the 3400 block of Brentwood Road about a dead raccoon, said Raleigh Police.

The raccoon died after being in a fight with three dogs.

“The raccoon’s remains were transported to a state lab, where tests confirmed it had been rabid,” police said.

An adult resident of the call location who came into contact with the raccoon has begun post-exposure treatment.

Fortunately, all three of the dogs who killed the raccoon were current on their rabies vaccinations and will receive booster shots, police said.

As always, observations of aggressive behavior or other concerns about animals in Raleigh should be reported immediately by calling 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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