Raccoon that fought 2 dogs in Raleigh had rabies

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A raccoon that came up short in a fight with two dogs has tested positive for rabies.

A Raleigh Police Department animal control officer went to a home in the 2600 block of Crofton Springs Drive on Friday to check out a report that a raccoon had been killed in a fight with two dogs.

The officer took the raccoon's carcass, which later tested positive for rabies.

No other humans were exposed to the raccoon and fortunately for the two dogs, their rabies vaccinations were up to date. They will each receive a rabies booster.

Wake County health officials provide the following safety 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.

  • As always, observations of unusual behavior or other concerns about animals in Raleigh should be reported immediately by calling (919) 831-6311.

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