Animal control officials responded to the case and the raccoon was taken to the state lab in Raleigh for testing after the raccoon came in contact with a dog.
"We don't want to alarm residents in Wendell, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health director for Wake County.
In this case, the dog was not vaccinated for rabies, and the owner has opted to have the dog euthanized.
State law requires potentially rabid pets to be destroyed unless owners agree to support a six-month quarantine.
"All pets are required by law to receive the rabies vaccination. Vaccinating your pets is critical in helping prevent the spread of disease," said Wake Environmental Services Director Joseph Threadcraft.
Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control. Animal Control officials urge the following:
- 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.
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
- In Raleigh, call (919) 831-6311
For more information, visit wakegov.com/pets/health/rabies.