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Rabies alert issued for northern Wake County

Posted February 24, 2011

— A rabies alert has been issued for northern Wake County after a rabid raccoon came into contact with a pet dog, county health officials said Wednesday.

The raccoon was found around Dehijuston Court in the Ravens Ridge subdivision, near Falls of Neuse and Ravens Ridge roads. The dog it interacted with was not vaccinated and has been removed from the neighborhood.

Animal Control officers said they are concerned about the possible exposure of unvaccinated animals, especially pets.

"We don't want to alarm residents in the vicinity of the interaction, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," Michael Williams, director of Wake County Animal Control, said in a statement. 

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-7387.

If you are bitten or scratched by an unknown animal, thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water. Contact your doctor or Wake County Community Health immediately. The daytime phone number for Wake County Community Health is 919-250-4462; the after-hours number is 919-839-3059.


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  • goLoUser Feb 24, 2011

    Strawberry and Aliput, yes, even up-to-date rabies vaccinated animals must be quarantined after coming in contact with an animal with rabies. If the animal doesn't have a rabies vaccination the quarantine period may be longer, and euthanasia may be required.

  • 426X3 Feb 24, 2011

    Vaccinate your pets. This means your cats to.

  • rescuefan Feb 24, 2011

    Apparently the moderators at WRAL don't want people to understand what the rabies laws are. What a shame. I hope nobody else loses their beloved pet because of ignorance because the moderators here don't want to let the information posted.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Feb 24, 2011

    Aliput5, I am not trying to answer for Mr. Williams, but I thought I'd let you know that, as far as I know and from what I have heard, YES, they WILL take animals that have been vaccinated, and they will be quarantined (sp) for ten days. Regardless.


  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 24, 2011

    If you see a Raccoon out in the daytime, and he doesn't seem wary of you, it is likely he is rabid. Shoot him, or call for a County Critter Hitman. If that sounds cruel, you'll be doing the animal a favor. If you've ever seen one suffering, you know. And think about small children who don't see the danger in the cute little animal they will try to pet...........;)

  • kittiboo Feb 24, 2011

    Get your pets vaccinated, people!!

  • in2horses Feb 24, 2011

    People need to listen to and react quickly. My daugther had to go thru a series of rabies shots due to a cat attack!! Very painful for an eight year old.

  • aliput5 Feb 24, 2011

    A question for Michael Williams, director of Wake County Animal Control

    If the dog was current with his rabies shot, would he still have been removed