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Rabid raccoon caught south of Cary

Posted October 15, 2009
Updated November 2, 2009

— Wake County health officials warned residents Thursday to be on the lookout for unusual behavior in pets after a rabid raccoon was found in the Dutchman Downs subdivision near Ten Ten and Holly Springs roads.

There have been more than 150 cases of rabies reported statewide this year, officials said.

If you see a potentially rabid animal

Whenever a person is bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, they should thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water, and contact their physician or county health department immediately.

Animal control officials urge the following:

  • 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.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • 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 Cumberland County, call 910-321-6852 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 after 5 p.m., weekends and holidays.

More information on rabies can be found online through the N.C. Division of Public Health.


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  • 6079 SMITH W Oct 16, 2009

    If you live in an area where it legal to fire a gun, JUST SHOOT THE RABID ANIMAL AND BURY IT. It is going to die a slow and horrible death anyway, AND it will prevent the animal from attacking pets, which are more likely to bite people after they have been infected. Use some common sense, folks. County animal control officers cannot be everywhere at once, and we do still have a right to own guns...you won't be charged with a crime for putting a rabid raccoon out of his misery, and you will be doing the critter a favor and protecting your kids [and other peoples kids] from getting rabies.

  • cstroup Oct 16, 2009

    areadriver - I agree. Called Wake County about 2 weeks ago for a fox my dogs killed in broad daylight in my front yard just outside of Apex. They weren't interested in coming out to get it. Said they were closed on Sundays and I should just bury it. My Vet couldn't believe it either.

  • areadriver Oct 15, 2009

    Don't bother to call in Holly Springs. I did, and acoording to them, the animal has to attack somebody before they will come out to investigate.

  • john283594 Oct 15, 2009

    catch that rascle before he runs for mayor or the WCPSS school board...

  • pcredbone316 Oct 15, 2009

    I am a "coonhunter", there are less and less of us around now and the raccoon is an animal that adapts very well...when they over populate disease is more easily spread.