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Rabid raccoon found in southeast Raleigh

Posted February 27, 2014

— Wake County Animal Control issued a rabies warning Thursday morning after a raccoon found in southeast Raleigh tested positive for the disease.

"We don't want to alarm residents in Raleigh, 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.

Two dogs were exposed to the raccoon in the 5000 Block on Hurmax Lane. One of the dogs had a current rabies vaccination but the other did not.

“We encourage pet owners to comply with the North Carolina law and keep their pet’s rabies vaccinations current, including their indoor pets,” said Wake Animal Services Director Dr. Jennifer Federico. “Wake County Animal Center regularly hosts low-cost rabies clinics where each pet can be vaccinated for $5. It is a matter of saving their lives.”

The county will offer a rabies vaccination and microchip clinic on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, 1100 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh. Rabies vaccines will be available for $5 and microchips for $10.

Rabies prevention and protection tips:

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control. 

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