Raccoon killed by dogs in Fuquay-Varina tests positive for rabies

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) – A rabid raccoon killed by two dogs in Fuquay-Varina tested positive for rabies, Wake County officials said.

The raccoon was found at the intersection of U.S. Highway 401 and Air Park Road. It tested positive for rabies on May 11. There was no human contact with the raccoon, officials said.

The animal was killed by two dogs on May 10. The dogs were not up to date on their rabies vaccinations and are now in the custody of Wake County Animal Control.

Wake County officials warn that as we get closer to summer, the probability of coming across animals that can transmit rabies increases. Pet owners should protect their pets by making sure they’re current on their rabies vaccines.

The Wake County Animal Center holds rabies clinics throughout the county, providing vaccines for only $5. Additional information, including a complete list of upcoming clinics, can be found on the Animal Center website.

Officials suggest that pet owners should make sure their pets are safe from wild animals by keeping them in a fenced-in area or making sure they’re on a leash when outdoors at parks or hiking trails.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-212-PETS (7387);
  • In Cary, call 919-319-4517;
  • In Garner, call 919-772-8896;
  • In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111; and
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311.

For more information, visit wakegov.com/pets/health/rabies.

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