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Rabid raccoon captured in Raleigh neighborhood

Posted July 14, 2009

— Wake County health officials are warning residents near the intersection of Ten Ten Road and Graham Newton Road in Raleigh about the possibility of rabies in the area.

A raccoon which interacted with dogs near the Whitehart subdivision on July 11 was found to have rabies Monday. Both dogs were current with their vaccinations, and only required a booster shot, said Andre Pierce, environmental health and safety director for Wake County. “We urge everyone to check the rabies vaccination status of their pets, and make sure they are current with vaccines," Pierce said.

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to contact authorities.

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

In order to prevent rabies exposure, county animal control officials suggest:

  • Avoid interactions with wildlife.
  • Be sure pets are current with rabies vaccinations.
  • 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.
  • Do not leave pets outdoors unattended.
  • If your pet comes in contact with wildlife, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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  • Commentor5 Jul 15, 2009

    OK - to those are are not natives of NC: rabid animals have always been seen on occasion in residential neighbors. Don't be alarmed - it's a way of life for us natives.

  • rescuefan Jul 15, 2009

    "which would make it a Raleigh neighborhood."

    Don't say that, they don't pay Raleigh taxes.

    What does that matter? So anyone outside the city limits is not considered living in Raleigh? I lived right down the road from there and had an Apex address. When people asked me where I lived, I said "Apex", not "Wake County" or "outside the city limits of Apex".

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jul 14, 2009

    City & state in an address is a postal issue and doesn't necessarily reflect city limits. I've got co-workers who live in Wake County (Garner area) but have "Raleigh" addresses. That's because the post office just cares about routing mail and doesn't care about whether this street or that street is Raleigh, Cary, or county. (At least, that is the only thing that makes sense to me.)

  • james27613 Jul 14, 2009

    Is it part of the Meeker Tax Base in the City ?

  • Timbo Jul 14, 2009

    "which would make it a Raleigh neighborhood."

    Don't say that, they don't pay Raleigh taxes.

  • rescuefan Jul 14, 2009

    I used to live less than a mile from there. That area has a Raleigh address with a 27606 zip code which would make it a Raleigh neighborhood.

  • RonnieR Jul 14, 2009

    I thought the Super K on 401 was in Garner.

  • RonnieR Jul 14, 2009

    Don't shoot the animal in the head as the brain is used to test for Hydrophobie.

  • blahblahblah Jul 14, 2009

    Raleigh is more then just the downtown area!!!!

  • seahawker Jul 14, 2009

    Thanks speedy! we always appreciate hearing from those from Johnston county. The address is in Raleigh, and in a neighborhood. That would classify it as a Raleigh neighborhood. Glad to see your G.E.D. at work!