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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Orange County

Posted July 17, 2013

— Orange County's animal services department said Wednesday that a raccoon attacked by a dog in Chapel Hill has tested positive for rabies, making it the eighth confirmed case in the county this year.

Officials said a woman was walking her dog on her property Tuesday when it injured the animal. She reported to animal control that she had seen the raccoon moving slowly under her porch earlier in the day but that it retreated into the woods after noticing her.

The dog's rabies vaccination was current, and it will receive a booster shot.

State law, however, requires unvaccinated animals be either destroyed or quarantined for six months if they are exposed to the virus.

"Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control," Bob Marotto, director of Orange County Animal Services, said in a statement. "Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner, since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death."

The county is offering rabies vaccinations for $10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill.

Last year, Orange County recorded 12 positive cases of the virus.


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  • Pooter McGooter Jul 18, 2013

    I didn't even realize racoons took tests? Were these standardized?

  • st5937 Jul 18, 2013

    it happened off schley rd

  • st5937 Jul 18, 2013

    i live in orange county and the other nite i was awakened by dogs barking and i found my dogs in a battle with a possom
    i was able to walk rite up two it and shoot it ..i think it was rabid

  • Relic Jul 17, 2013

    Shoot a suspected rabid animal first if possible. Get it tested after it's dead. Never try to trap or corner a wild or unfamiliar animal if you don't know what you're doing. Anyone that doesn't get a vaccine for a pet doesn't need to own a pet in the first place.

  • hott4rotts Jul 17, 2013

    It happened in Chapel Hill. But because the county offices are in Hillsborough thats why Hillsborough is seen in the by/dateline.

  • thewayitis Jul 17, 2013

    I'd like to know where in Hillsborough this attack happened.

  • bluedvlrob Jul 17, 2013

    And where was this incident located. It would be nice to know where this happened.