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Rabid raccoon found in southwest Raleigh

Posted September 24, 2013

— Wake County officials are cautioning residents after a rabid raccoon was found Monday in southwest Raleigh. 

Health officials said Tuesday that the raccoon was found near the intersection of Beehnon Way and Tryon Pines Drive, off Tryon Road. It was taken to a state lab, where it tested positive for the disease. 

Officials did not say whether the raccoon was dead or alive. 

"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," Sue Lynn Ledford, community health director for Wake County, said in a statement. “Do not approach an animal that you don’t know.”

Residents are encouraged not to approach animals they do not know or that are acting strangely and ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination.

Officials will hold a rabies vaccination and microchip clinic Saturday at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles office at 1100 New Bern Ave. During the clinic, which runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., vaccines will be available for $5, and microchips will be available for $10.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-212-7387
  • 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

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  • bubbaOK Sep 25, 2013

    Kept asking for water in restaurants?

  • ArkAngels Sep 24, 2013

    The tv news story said that 1 human came in contact with the raccoon, but they still did not say if it was one that was found dead or what. I did hear a call go out on the scanner yesterday for a "raccoon or something like that" but did not hear where they were being called out to. Guess I know now.

    If this was at a dog park, I hope that if anyone's dog came in contact with it, they will go to their vet and get a booster immediately.

  • pooodaddy Sep 24, 2013

    "It had to be dead because they won't come after live ones."

    Very wrong! Do you think they let it roam around until it is dead? No they come shoot it.

  • deactivate Sep 24, 2013

    It had to be dead because they won't come after live ones. We called about a fox problem in our neighborhood at playground. They would not do anything until it bites someone. Who wants to go through that!

  • terriersrfun Sep 24, 2013

    This incident happened near the Carolina Pines Off-Leash Dog Park. This info should also be listed in this article.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 24, 2013

    “Do not approach an animal that you don’t know."

    Say racoon, do I know you?

  • KTs Insulin Wholesalers Sep 24, 2013

    "Officials did not say whether the raccoon was dead or alive."

    If they tested it for rabies, it's dead now.