2 Raleigh dogs kill rabid raccoon in fight, police say

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Two dogs are receiving booster shots after Raleigh police said they killed a rabid raccoon in a fight on Dec. 27.

An animal control officer responded to to the 2800 block of Glen Burnie Drive about a raccoon killed by two dogs.

The raccoon’s remains were sent to a lab where it was confirmed to be rabid, police said.

The dogs were current on their rabies vaccinations and will receive booster shots following the fight.

Observations of aggressive behavior or other concerns about animals in Raleigh should be reported immediately by calling 919-831-6311.

Wake County health officials offered 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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